Saturday, February 15, 2003

Neighborhoods


Program links volunteers, seniors' needs

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Russell L. Jackson Jr. was visiting his daughter in Fairfield, Conn., when he saw a flier for a group that helps seniors with small needs.

Then he thought: What a great idea for Anderson Township.

Three months later, the Senior Wish List program is involving the Hamilton County community. Major churches, individuals and senior groups are working to help the elderly.

"It provides for the needs of seniors either because the seniors don't want to ask for something, or there is no good way to achieve it," said Jackson, president of the Anderson Township Board of Trustees.

For example, a couple needed to move their washer and dryer from the basement to the first floor. Anderson volunteers helped. An elderly woman needed lower dentures but couldn't afford them. A volunteer dentist helped.

"We try to match people's needs with the skills of our volunteers," Jackson said.

The goal is to grant about four major wishes to seniors a year, but smaller ones can be granted regularly.

The group receives tips from friends, relatives and Meals on Wheels volunteers, who see firsthand what elderly people need.

"The program is growing fast. People are calling just to say they want to help," Jackson said.

"Maybe this program will take off everywhere. It's important because the senior population is growing and seniors often fall through the cracks in our society. Donations don't have to be made in money. Help is all we need."

To donate, write to Contributions, c/o Senior Wish List, Anderson Township Betterment Committee, 7954 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45255.

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The Lane Public Libraries in Butler County are offering income-tax help for people with low incomes, disabilities and the elderly.

The assistance is through AARP and Volunteers in Technical Assistance.

At the Fairfield Branch, 1485 Corydale Drive in the Village Green district, help is available on Mondays from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., through April 14, and at the same times and from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesdays through April 9.

At the Hamilton library, 300 N. Third Street, help is offered from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on Thursday through April 10.

Registration is required. Information: Web site.

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Here's a useful class for people who drive the interstates: An eight-hour course called Defensive Driving will be offered at the Clermont Counseling Center, 43 E. Main St., Amelia, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 8.

People who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion from the National Safety Council. They may be eligible for a two-point reduction on their driver's license.

Information: Defensive Driving line, 947-7077.

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Robert Hill of E & S Estates will again appraise antiques, collectibles and other treasures at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the JoAnn Richardson History House, 201 Riverside Drive, Loveland.

Cost of each item for appraisal is $5 for members of the Greater Loveland Historical Society and $7 for nonmembers. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Reservations are suggested. Information: 683-5692

Randy McNutt's community column appears on Saturday. Contact him at the Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Drive, West Chester OH 45069. Telephone: 755-4158. Fax: 755-4150. E-mail: Rmcnutt@enquirer.com.




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