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Volunteers Make Community Strong

Join with The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association during the week of April 21 to 27th to celebrate our incredible volunteers. Whether it's delivering Meals on Wheels, making friendly visits or working in the Thrift Shop, volunteers are crucial for our community's good health. April 21-27, 2002, is Volunteer Week, declared by Volunteer Canada. Community Care will be holding an Open House at its office in The Armoury, 206 Main Street in Picton and new and existing volunteers are welcome to stop in for tea and a smile.

"Over 600 people in our community freely help others maintain or regain their health at home. They give an incredible amount of time and energy to help Community Care to provide services to seniors," says Howard Johnston, Chair of your Board. "With healthcare in turmoil these days, we need to celebrate volunteers more than ever. And we always welcome more. They can be the key to community support in Ontario."

The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association is celebrating 25 years of caring - 1977 to 2002. A big party is scheduled for Thursday, October 24th at the Community Centre in Picton. Lyn Strachan is the chair of the planning committee and she says "we're planning an event to entertain people and to celebrate the work of our volunteers over the past 25 years. Everyone is welcome, you won't want to miss this!" Community Care's mission is to assist older people to live in a home environment in reasonable independence. Services include Meals on Wheels, seniors' dinners, volunteer drivers, foot care clinics, home maintenance, information and referral, help with forms and many other things that seniors need help with.

Prince Edward Community Care is a member of the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA). OCSA is the voice of not-for-profit health and social services that bring care home to people in communities across Ontario. The more than 360 OCSA member agencies include Meals on Wheels, Alzheimer and Adult Day programs, supportive housing and homemaking. The services are delivered by 15,000 professional staff and 60,000 well-trained volunteer across Ontario. All are committed to high quality, flexible, and personalized care that responds directly to community needs.