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VOLUNTEER ALL STARS AT EASTWOOD FIELD: AmeriCorps Seniors have teamed up with Scrappy to use the Eastwood Field concourse to celebrate the Volunteer All Stars of the Foster Grandparents and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program on April 30. Volunteers will walk through the concourse to pick up AmeriCorps Seniors swag, game tickets and a boxed lunch. Everyone will be required to wear a mask and social distance.

More than 520 volunteers have given $1,180,698 worth of National Service work in Family and Community Services Inc. in areas across Ohio. Some of the opportunities include helping a struggling child to learn to read; delivering groceries to an elderly neighbor; or supporting a family impacted by natural disaster.

Contact Leah Sakacs, RSVP program coordinator, and Fran Comstock, FGP program coordinator, at 330-480-0352 to lend a helping hand while at the same time building strong bonds and ties to the community

FOOD DELIVERY: Direction Home of Eastern Ohio is partnering with various agencies for Families First Coronavirus Response Act funding for no-contact food deliveries to seniors 60 and older.

Agencies for Mahoning and Columbiana counties include Easter Seals, 330-884-2513, and Jewish Family Services, 330-746-7929.

ALZHEIMER HELP ONLINE: The Alzheimer’s Association’s online Community Resource Finder at alz.org/crf provides ZIP code area-specific information on topics such as care at home, community services and housing options.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers numerous caregiver support groups virtually. A number of dial-in telephone support groups have been added for additional support.

To learn about support groups and community education programs, visit the site or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

PROGRAM FOR SENIORS: Action and MYCAP, along with Christ-Centered Church, are presenting Seniors Offering Services for men and women 65 and older.

Three days per week, seniors participate in virtual programs of exercise, classes, game time, community awareness, movies and television, healthy cooking, chit-chat and humor, among other things. Once per week, lunch will be delivered while they participate in either game time, television, movies or guest speakers.

Pre-registration is required. Call Elisa Hosey at 234-232-9043 or Micki Coylar at 330-788-7530.

SENIOR VOLUNTEERS: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of the Mahoning Valley is looking for volunteers. For information, contact Leah at 330-480-0352, Ext. 3.

RSVP is a national service program for individuals 55 and older who want to volunteer in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. These volunteers will also assist with community events.

The Senior Support Action Group is a coalition of community partners working together to assist the seniors in the valley with access to food, transportation to medical appointments and companionship through the Phone Pals program.

OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM: Direction Home of Eastern Ohio (formerly Area Agency on Aging 11) is looking for volunteers to join the Ombudsman Program to advocate for excellence for those living in long-term care facilities.

Ombudsman help ensure that residents of long-term care facilities receive quality care and treatment. Volunteers will make phone calls and virtual visits to residents.

The training to become a certified volunteer will be provided virtually. Call 330-505-2338 for more information.

SENIOR WATCH PROGRAM: Liberty residents 60 and older may sign up for the Liberty Township Senior Watch Program.

Contact Marcy Orlando, police secretary, at 330-759-1315, or Joy, fire secretary, at 330-759-0363, Ext. 102.

FALL PREVENTION GUIDE: The Ohio Department of Public Safety Division of EMS joined with the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership and released an updated “Elderly Fall Prevention Resource Guide” for EMS providers and the general public.

Download a copy of the guide at www.publicsafety.ohio.gov/links/EMS5934.pdf.

AUSTINTOWN SENIOR CENTER: The Austintown Senior Center, 112 Westchester Drive, is closed until further notice due to COVID-19. 330-953-1416; austintownseniorcenter.org.

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VOLUNTEER ALL STARS AT EASTWOOD FIELD: AmeriCorps Seniors have teamed up with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ mascot Scrappy to use the Eastwood Field concourse to celebrate the Volunteer All Stars of the Foster Grandparents and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program on April 30. Volunteers will walk through the concourse to pick up AmeriCorps Seniors swag, game tickets and a boxed lunch. Everyone will be required to wear a mask and social distance.

More than 520 volunteers have given $1,180,698 worth of national service work in Family and Community Services Inc. across Ohio. These volunteers come together to help communities in need. AmeriCorps Seniors empowers Americans 55 and better to serve their communities.

Some of the opportunities include helping a struggling child to learn to read; delivering groceries to an elderly neighbor; or supporting a family impacted by natural disaster.

Contact Leah Sakacs, RSVP program coordinator, and Fran Comstock, program coordinator, at 330-480-0352 to lend a helping hand while at the same time building strong bonds and ties to the community

FOOD DELIVERY: Direction Home of Eastern Ohio is partnering with various agencies for Families First Coronavirus Response Act funding for no-contact food deliveries to seniors 60 and older.

Agencies for Mahoning and Columbiana counties include Easterseals, 330-884-2513, and Jewish Family Services, 330-746-7929.

ALZHEIMER HELP ONLINE: The Alzheimer’s Association’s online Community Resource Finder at alz.org/crf provides ZIP code area-specific information on topics such as care at home, community services and housing options.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers numerous caregiver support groups virtually. A number of dial-in telephone support groups have been added for additional support.

To learn about support groups and community education programs, visit the site or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

PROGRAM FOR SENIORS: Action and MYCAP, along with Christ-Centered Church, are presenting Seniors Offering Services for men and women 65 and older.

Three days a week, seniors participate in virtual programs of exercise, classes, game time, community awareness, movies and television, healthy cooking, chit-chat and humor, among other things. Once a week, lunch will be delivered while they participate in either game time, television, movies or guest speakers.

Preregistration is required. Call Elisa Hosey at 234-232-9043 or Micki Coylar at 330-788-7530.

SENIOR VOLUNTEERS: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of the Mahoning Valley is looking for volunteers. For information, contact Leah at 330-480-0352, Ext. 3.

RSVP is a national service program for individuals 55 and older who want to volunteer in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. These volunteers will also assist with community events.

The Senior Support Action Group is a coalition of community partners working together to assist the seniors in the valley with access to food, transportation to medical appointments and companionship through the Phone Pals program.

OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM: Direction Home of Eastern Ohio (formerly Area Agency on Aging 11) is looking for volunteers to join the Ombudsman Program to advocate for excellence for those living in long-term care facilities.

Ombudsman help ensure that residents of long-term care facilities receive quality care and treatment. Volunteers will make phone calls and virtual visits to residents.

The training to become a certified volunteer will be provided virtually. Call 330-505-2338 for more information.

SENIOR WATCH PROGRAM: Liberty residents 60 and older may sign up for the Liberty Township Senior Watch Program.

Contact Marcy Orlando, police secretary, at 330-759-1315, or Joy, fire secretary, at 330-759-0363, Ext. 102.

AUSTINTOWN SENIOR CENTER: The Austintown Senior Center, 112 Westchester Drive, is closed until further notice due to COVID-19. 330-953-1416; austintownseniorcenter.org.

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