Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:27 PM by Adam Bell
The Belgrade Senior Center is looking for community support to help keep some of its long standing programs running.
For more than 3 decades, the Belgrade Senior Center has been helping out the community by providing meals for seniors in need. However with increased food costs, along with higher demand, keeping this program running has become challenging.
Joan Ryshavy has volunteered at the Belgrade Senior Center for years. She helps deliver meals as a part of the Meals on Wheels Program.
"The purpose of it is to help the individuals to be able to live in their own homes as long as is safely possible," says Senior Center Executive Director Shannon Bondy.
For the second time since the programs' inception more than 30 years ago, the senior center had to raise its suggested donation price from $3.50 per meal to $4, as the demand for these meals has increased substantially.
"We are basically serving that many more individuals with the same budget the same amount of help," says Bondy.
While the senior center struggles to keep this program funded, it has a significant impact on the community.
"Well, it's very nice, and for somebody that doesn't get out at all, it's a lifesaver," adds Marian Hedglin, who receives Meals on Wheels from the Senior Center.
And if it wasn't for volunteers like Ryshavy, this program could not succeed.
Bondy adds, "They come in, they volunteer their time, they volunteer all of that gas."
With all the expense, and time, why do it?
Ryshavy responds "I guess it's just knowing that they are always smiling when they see me and happy about getting their lunch, and it's a good reason for me to keep showing up to bring them their meals."
"They are a vital aspect to our community. I mean they've paved the road to make all of our communities what they are today," adds Bondy.
And for Joan, she will continue to volunteer her time, as long as she is able.
"Sometimes don't see another human all day, I don't believe, so I enjoy it," says Joan.
The senior center is in need for any kind of help community members can offer, from volunteering their time, or financial donations. You can learn more about what you can do to help the senior center right now by calling the senior center at 388-4711.