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HEAT PROGRAM SEEKS SENIOR VOLUNTEERS

The Home Energy Assistance Target program (HEAT) - designed to assist low-income families pay their utility bills during cold winter months - needs senior volunteers.

The Community Action Agency administers the HEAT program.Volunteers will work as energy fitness class instructors assisting and providing weatherization information to seniors in the senior citizen centers and low-income families, said Giny Lakey, HEAT energy specialist. "The energy fitness classes are being run as a pilot program to help low-income families learn how to conserve energy and thus save money," she said.

Volunteers will help monitor class, run video machines, answer questions about the program and make sure that participants are attending the classes. These classes are required for all recipients. Volunteers will also help fill out weatherization applications and pass out verification forms for those attending the classes. In addition, volunteers are needed to assist in classes both during the day and in the evening. Classes are one to two hours long.

Other community volunteer opportunities include:

-Volunteers are needed to make daily reassurance calls to elderly homebound individuals. Volunteers are asked to commit to one, one-hour shift each week between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

-Brighten the holidays for a resident of a group or rest home by making Halloween decorations and centerpieces.

-Kids On The Move, a preschool for children who are developmentally delayed, needs dedicated volunteers to help on a regular basis, two to three hours each week during school hours. Volunteers serve as teachers' aides, helping with eye-hand coordination.

For more information on these and other volunteer opportunities, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.