Natchez-Adams Council on Aging needs money, volunteers

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 26, 2003

NATCHEZ &045; Have some time during your lunch hour to deliver hot meals?

Looking for a place to put the family TV now that a new one is waiting under the Christmas tree?

The Natchez-Adams County Council on Aging could use several kinds of help this holiday season &045; from monetary donations to volunteer hours to a new television to replace one that broke just recently.

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The Council on Aging, which provides programs for senior citizens at the Natchez Senior Center and also delivers Meals on Wheels throughout the week, has seen its federal funding cut over the past year, said the council’s Edwina Petersen.

&uot;We need funding to assist with meal delivery,&uot; Petersen said.

But the council could also use volunteers to help deliver those meals. Currently, the council provides a stipend to volunteers who deliver meals &045; at a cost of $12,000 to $13,000 per year. If a civic organization’s members could share some of the load, the council could save that money.

Volunteers could also donate time to help teach a gardening or computer class, or perhaps help with some maintenance needs, said Petersen, who appreciates any time or donations local residents can give.

&uot;People have been generous and kind,&uot; Petersen said.

The council’s agenda is to help senior citizens and provide activities for them, Petersen said.

&uot;We are for seniors and we do have a place for them,&uot; Petersen said.