Ruth Pforte, of the Greene County Department of Human Services, was our speaker at the December 21 meeting. Ms. Pforte is the coordinator for volunteer services. She spoke about the various volunteer opportunities for local folks to serve our seniors. She also encourages older adults to stay active and involved by volunteering. The RSVP program offers a variety of volunteer jobs, including meal site help, meal delivery, crafting, medical transportation, telephone reassurance. Volunteers can also help at local agencies, such as the Athens Cultural Center, Community Action, Community Hospice, Chamber of Commerce, Greene Medical Arts, libraries, and nursing homes. In 2016, 275 volunteers gave 22,000 hours, served 54,533 meals and provided 2,072 rides.
Currently, the most urgent need for volunteers is for medical transportation. Volunteer commitment can be as little as two hours per month.
The Department of Human Services also offers seniors assistance with state, federal and county programs as well as providing the hamlet bus for transportation.
One of our programs is the Senior Angels, which gives aid to seniors with no local family members, such as holiday gifts, Thanksgiving dinner, and emergency assistance.
The Greenville Rotary Club presented Ms. Pforte with a check for the Senior Angels program.
The Rotary members also serve local seniors on their own time - our member Bill Von Atzingen is currently a driver for meal delivery, and Walt Ingalls has delivered meals in the past. Our server at the Mountainview Brasserie, Emily Fagan, was instrumental in bringing the hamlet bus to Greenville as part of her Girl Scout Silver Award project!