By Lorrie Conyac
Do you know of someone who has problems remaining in their home due to a disability?
Whether you face the challenge on your own or know of a family member who needs assistance, consider seeking help through the Volunteer Chore Program, which serves Whatcom County.
This program sends volunteers to help with light housework, yard care, small home repairs and provide transportation to essential locations, including the doctor’s office and grocery store. Not only does the Volunteer Chore Program provide people with disabilities the chance to stay in their homes, but it also provides volunteers with the resources to help others based on their own ability and schedule.
The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County Opportunity Council operates the program. To learn more, visit whatcomvolunteer.org or call program director Abby Lund at 360/734-5121, extension 172.
Now, back to the Blaine Senior Center. Last month, we elected two new board members. The new additions include Denise Thompson, who brings initiative and enthusiasm as well as a wealth of experience working with business and social groups, and Jayne Uerling, who loves outdoor activities and brings the unique experience of a Blaine Senior Center member who is still working. She hopes to focus on expanding programs, activities and events offered at the Blaine Senior Center to individuals age 50 to 65. Welcome to both of you!
Have you ever heard of the Tinman Triathlon? Our own Blaine Senior Center member Terry Hannon is the founder and contest director and he’s challenging individuals age 50 to 80 and above to participate. The next opportunity to participate is September 5 through 7 at the Semiahmoo Resort. The goal is to have fun, stay in shape and compete (not necessarily with participants, but against the clock) in three events that include nine lengths of swimming, nine miles of biking and nine holes of golf.
To obtain an application, email firstname.lastname@example.org; they’re due by August 28. The Blaine Senior Center will receive a portion of the net proceeds and is looking for about six individuals to help monitor the event. If you have additional questions, just call the senior center at the number below.
While you’re marking your calendar also be sure to note that the Whatcom Council of Governments is sponsoring a guided bus trip on Tuesday, August 22 to educate seniors on how to use the WTA transit system. The tour will lead guests to Birch Bay, where they’ll have about an hour to eat at a café or picnic on the beach. To participate, sign up at the Blaine Senior Center.
Blaine Senior Center is located at 763 G Street. Call 360/332-8040 to learn more.