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Senior Advocates seek funding suggestions

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates are seeking ideas or suggestions on how to support the many programs they provide for seniors. Advocates income relies solely on grant money, monetary awards from Beef Days committee, donations and the generosity of Bev Noska’s can redemption monies.
The Advocates van trip program has been supported the past several years through grant money, but no grants were received this year. Van trips are scheduled once or twice a month with no charge to participating seniors except for meals. The trip program has gained so much popularity that it is necessary now to borrow the 12-passenger care center van to supplement the 10-passenger Advocate van. Van trip expenses are mileage reimbursements for the care center van, meals provided for volunteer drivers, any admission fees for the outing plus fuel for the Advocate van, an outlay of approximately $500.
An additional expense is the donation provided to the volunteer drivers that the Advocates organize to deliver Old Gold Dining meals to shut-ins Monday through Friday. The city of Solon reimburses the Advocates the $2 donated to the drivers for in-town deliveries. The out-of-town deliveries are the responsibility of the Advocates which have grown in number and mileage. The Advocates donate $4 per delivery to those volunteers who use their personal vehicle and spend a few minutes at each location providing a break in the day for these folks. This monthly expenditure currently is over $350 which will average well over $3,600 per year. Gives us a call at 319-624-2710 or email sandrahanson@southslope.net if you have thoughts or suggestions.