April 22-28 is designated as Volunteer Recognition Week.
The theme for the week will be "Minnesota Celebrates 2001 -- International Year of Volunteers."
The United Nations has declared 2001 as the International Year of Volunteers. According to the Minnesota Office of Citizenship and Volunteer Services, adult volunteers contribute an estimated $6.4 billion per year through their volunteer efforts. More than two million Minnesotans, or 66 percent, serve in thousands of diverse ways every day.
The Cass County Transportation Program for the Elderly has 90-plus volunteer drivers who make themselves, and their vehicles, available to seniors in the county who do not drive, or do not have other transportation available to them, to get to doctor appointments, hospitals, grocery stores and other businesses.
The Transportation Program for the Elderly is coordinated through the office of the Coordinator of Aging, and monitored by an eight-member advisory board, who also serve in a volunteer capacity.
For more information about this program, or to volunteer to be a driver, call Barb Westberg at (218) 547-7414 or 1-888-547-3301, extension 414.
Or contact any of the advisory board members: Robert Lahti, 947-4702; Rose Pound, 335-8838; Dora Wagenbach, 566-2831; Bernadette Miller, 675-6137; Harlan LaPorte, 746-3635; Patrick Butler, 363-2528; Marie Smith, 587-4587; or Joseph Haney, 547-3883.
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