Release Date:Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Submitted To:Blairsville Dispatch
The Indiana Gazette (News Release)

Released By:Robert A. Cardamone, Executive Director

Community Action, Inc. Names Indiana County Senior Corps-RSVP August Volunteer Station of the Month

Community Action, Inc. announced the Indiana County Community Action Program’s (ICCAP) United Food Pantry was selected to be the Senior Corps-RSVP Volunteer Station of the Month for August. The United Food Pantry has been a Senior Corps-RSVP Station since November 1997. Debbie Martin, Pantry Coordinator, has been with the Pantry since 1990 and states, “Volunteering at the Pantry is important; without volunteers, there wouldn’t be a Pantry to help others”.

The Pantry distribution takes place at the Brush Valley Fire Department on the fourth Thursday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and serves those living in Armagh Borough, Brush Valley Township, Buffington Township, and East Wheatfield and West Wheatfield Townships. Volunteers spend the Wednesday prior picking up food, sorting items, and packing bags for the following morning. The Pantry serves approximately 170 families monthly with items received from ICCAP, local donations, and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. “If you are looking to help out your community, volunteering at the United Food Pantry is a great opportunity to serve,” notes Debbie.

Senior Corps-RSVP recognized 16 volunteers for their years of service with RSVP: David Martin and Edna Torok, thirteen years; Diana Boring, Barry Custer, and Rose Shirley, eleven years; Carolyn and Sam Kerr, nine years; Emily Budner and Cathy Clark, eight years; Barbara Weyand, six years; Garnett Frain, John James, and Debbie Martin, five years; Chris Vogel, Lois Stiffey, and Helen Thompson, one year.

David Martin states, “I have been volunteering since I was a child, my parents had a farm and we were always helping those in need, volunteering makes me feel better, I have taught my children and grandchildren to volunteer and help at the Pantry. People really appreciate the help they receive”. Diane Boring and Cathy Clark state they enjoy volunteering at the Pantry to spend time with friends, be around others, and help their communities. “I have been volunteering at the Pantry for 34 years, it helps to get me out of the house,” states Barbara Weyand. The volunteers at the Pantry are much like a family, they have fun together, bring their grandchildren to help, and are always willing to lend a hand to those in need.

Community Action, Inc.'s Senior Corps-RSVP is very proud to have the United Food Pantry as a Volunteer Station. The Pantry illustrates the true spirit of volunteerism and is dedicated to making a difference in people's lives. If you are age 55 or over and interested in utilizing your skills and talents to improve our community and change people's lives, become a member of Community Action, Inc.'s Senior Corps-RSVP. Call Samantha Schrecengost, Senior Corps-RSVP Project Director, at 814-938-3302, ext. 236 or toll-free 1-800-648-3381 or via e-mail [email protected]

There are many exciting and rewarding volunteer opportunities waiting for you!

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The United Food Pantry was selected to be the Senior Corps-RSVP Volunteer Station of the Month for August. Volunteers recognized included: (front row l-r) Carolyn Kerr, Diane Boring, and Cathy Clark;(second row l-r) Debbie Martin, Edna Torok, Barbara Weyand, and Rose Shirley; (back rown l-r) Barry Custer, David Martin, and Sam Kerr.

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