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Posted May 31, 2012

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Philanthropy

Grants return independence to seniors

Waterloo Region – Getting to medical appointments, the grocery store, and adult day programs are often a necessity, but for hundreds of local seniors and adults with disabilities, getting to appointments or even accessing food can be a daunting challenge.

Thanks in part to a generous grant from The Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation Community Fund, the David Clare & Susan Ferne Bender Family Fund, and The Motz Family Endowment, clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More will benefit from increased availability with the purchase of a reliable replacement vehicle to assist with the program.

The former Kitchener Seniors Volunteer Services board, who donated the original vehicle needing replacement, also provided capital funding for the purchase.

686 of CSC’s 3,663 clients are currently using the transportation program, with 150 of them riding on the new bus. CSC averages between 1300 and 1400 rides per month including trips made in the two agency vans, as well as in volunteers’ personal vehicles.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be taking place on Thursday May 31st at 3pm as our new vehicle picks up clients from the Downtown Kitchener Adult Day Program to commemorate these generous contributions towards the health and wellbeing of seniors and adults with disabilities in our community.

“We are very excited about this replacement vehicle, particularly because it represents an increase in our ability to provide transportation to vital services that have shown to be critically important in helping seniors remain in their homes independently,” says Dale Howatt, Executive Director of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More.

The transportation program is continuously recruiting volunteer drivers, so the van allows the agency to more effectively use volunteer time by scheduling in more group rides during their shifts.

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