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United Way cares for seniors and disabled | Letter

April 23, 2013 · Updated 3:26 PM

United Way of San Juan County has been helping local agencies meet vital needs since 1995. One priority is to assist systems that increase physical and mental health and well-being. For this same purpose, the Senior Center Advisory Committee is committed to reaching out to our seniors and disabled persons. One of the ways it does this is with its program Hearts and Hands. United Way’s steadfast support of this program enables recruitment and training of volunteers who then are paired with someone in need. Our goal is to help our elderly and disabled community members maintain independence and quality of life. When tasks such as household chores, shopping, running errands and getting to town become too difficult to manage, what a difference weekly assistance can make in day to day living. Sometimes volunteers simply visit with their recipient and the friendship developed nurtures both volunteer and recipient. This service can be a critical factor in allowing those we help to continue to live in their own home. Last year our volunteers gave more than 1,500 hours of service. If you know of someone who is lonely and/or in need of assistance, or if you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer, please contact Hearts and Hands at 376-7723. We thank United Way for being champions for our elderly and disabled persons in need.

Betsy Louton

Hearts and Hands Volunteer Coordinator

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