The Warwick Friendly Visitor Program (FVP) hosted a Volunteer Appreciation/Recognition Holiday Party on Mon., Dec. 11 at the Senior Center at Town Hall. Board of Advisors Chairperson Vince Copello served as emcee and Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton presented Certificates of Appreciation to volunteers in attendance. The program boasts of over 40 trained volunteers, though not all were able to attend.
The FVP is a coordinated effort among the Orange County Office of Aging and Jewish Family Service; staff from both organizations were present for the celebration, along with several of the program’s Advisory Board.
Attendees were treated to delightful musical holiday performances by students from the Florida Union Free School District. After their performances, students were able join in the luncheon provided primarily by ShopRite’s generosity and Advisory Board member donations.
Since July, 40 to 66 neighbors have received services each month. Services include help with food shopping, rides to doctor appointments and other errands, a friendly visit, or help with paperwork. This pilot year of the program has seen remarkable growth and is clearly filling a void in a town that is home to 8,000 senior citizens – 25% of the total population. The Warwick Rotary is responsible for financial support during the program’s first year.
Volunteer Training to be Held
The next volunteer training and will be held on Mon., Jan. 15 at the Albert Wisner Library, located at 1 McFarland Dr. in Warwick, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Call the Warwick Town Hall at 986-1124, Option #1 to sign up for the training, or to request services. For more information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org.