CAC fetes volunteers at luncheon

May 01, 2004|by Alicia Notarianni

HAGERSTOWN - The Washington County Community Action Council Inc. took time out to honor its volunteers with a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Friday.

More than 40 volunteers met with Community Action Council staff at First Christian Church on Potomac Avenue for a meal provided by Always Catering and the lively entertainment of the barbershop quartet Just for Fun.

Debbie Harris, CAC community support coordinator, said the agency has more than 130 volunteers who work in capacities from assisting with office jobs to serving on the board of directors. Many volunteers deliver food through the Meals on Wheels program to people who are homebound and unable to prepare meals themselves.


Mary Keedy, who has been delivering meals for 28 years, said she remembers going to Meals on Wheels training in Baltimore in 1976.

"I started doing it and I just kept going," Keedy said. "I've always enjoyed doing it because people seem to appreciate it."

When her husband, Robert Keedy, retired in 1983, he joined the effort.

Dave Jordan, executive director of the Community Action Council, said the Meals on Wheels program provides about 90 households in Washington County with two meals a day, five days a week.

"We couldn't do this program without the volunteers," Jordan said. "We wouldn't have the money to pay staff to do the delivery."

Jordan said CAC each year chooses a Volunteer of the Year to be recognized at the agency's state association conference in Ocean City, Md. Next month, some Citicorp employees who volunteer for Meals on Wheels will receive the honor.

Six Citicorp employees first volunteered to run a meal delivery route for Meals on Wheels on the United Way Day of Caring in 2001.

"We did the route and came back and found out they needed volunteers," said Tammie Harden, a Citicorp employee. "I thought, this is something we could do to get out there and make a difference in the community."

Harden said the original group of six grew to 50 employees, who take turns once or twice a month delivering meals during their lunch hours.

For information on becoming a Community Action Council Volunteer, contact Debbie Harris at 301-797-4161.

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