Loss of state funding jeopardizes Neighbors in Action program
By Steven Hoffman
Kennett Area Senior Center officials are working hard to find ways to fund the Neighbors in Action program after learning that state funding will no longer be available.
Kennett Area Senior Center executive director Anita M. O’Connor recently talked to Kennett Square Borough Council about how beneficial the program has been for people who are homebound in the community.
The program matches up volunteers from the Kennett Square area with older or disabled individuals in the community who need help to get to the grocery store or need a ride to a doctor’s appointment. Volunteers might also do light housekeeping, minor home repairs, yard work, or simply provide companionship to those who need it. There is no charge for these services.
O’Connor said that the program has been beneficial to those who need it, and the services provided help some local residents to live on their own.
“We help them stay in their homes longer,” O’Connor explained.
Officials are working hard to come up with money to sustain the program, including reaching out to the Kennett Square community for help. So far, O’Connor said, they have raised about $14,000 to continue to provide the services.
“We are now seeking other funding,” O’Connor explained.
For more information about the Neighbors in Action program or how to volunteer, call 610-444-4143 or visit www.kennettseniorcenter.org.