New service finds volunteers to help elderly, disabled at home

NEIGHBORS

January 20, 1994|By JONI GUHNE

Partners in Care is a new program at North Arundel Hospital that allows senior citizens and the disabled to remain in their homes by finding a neighborhood volunteer to lend a hand.

The free service is the first of its kind in the state, says co-founder Maureen Cavaiola.

"The volunteers are asked to do very simple things: drive someone to a doctor's appointment, pick up prescriptions or groceries, mow the lawn, change a light bulb, or just call to say 'hello,' " Cavaiola says.

Cavaiola, her sister, Barbara Huston, and their friend Sandy Jackson all residents of Severna Park, use their background in gerontology and hospital administration to make the 2-month-old program work.

Client-volunteer relationships can be mutually beneficial. For example, a 14-year-old boy who dreams of becoming a volunteer firefighter donates time on Saturdays in the home of an 89-year-old gentleman who was for 40 years a professional fire chief.

Volunteers earn service credits, which they can redeem for similar services or give away.

Financial backing for Partners in Care was provided by the Jacob and Annita Franz and Robert F. and Anne M. Merrick Foundation in Baltimore, which donated $15,000 and issued a challenge grant of $45,000. North Arundel Hospital has met the challenge grant with in-kind services -- a computer and public relations assistance.

The Severna Park Kiwanis Club has donated $500.

Partners in Care is looking for volunteers and financial aid. Information: 553-8054.

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The young musicians of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform a winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night in the Key Auditorium at St. John's College in Annapolis.

A reception for area music teachers in room 106 will be held after the concert. Interested teachers should call Sue Guintero at 544-7255.

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New officers will be installed by the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce at a dinner on Jan. 26 at the Chartwell Country Club.

A cash bar opens at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Guest speaker Richard E. Hug will discuss "Challenges Facing the Chamber of Commerce Today -- and Tomorrow."

* In conjunction with the American Red Cross, the chamber is sponsoring a blood drive from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Park Plaza Shopping Center on Ritchie Highway. The vacant shop next to the Cosmetic Center will be the site. Information: 987-6625.

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Reservations end today for Archbishop Spalding High School's annual Mardi Gras, scheduled from 7 p.m. to midnight Jan. 28 at Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie.

The evening includes a sit-down dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing to the Luney Tunes.

A $25 donation per person is requested. Call 969-0195.

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After an uncharacteristic fall to fifth place in the second round of the county high school math competition at Anne Arundel Community College, Severna Park High School bounced back in the third round into first place.

Andrei Palmer and Jen Harden completed perfect individual vTC papers, and the team was one of five squads to solve half of the increasingly difficult team problems.

After three rounds of competition the standings are: Severna Park, 26.34 points; Glen Burnie, 23; South River, 20.33; and Chesapeake, 20.

The 13 high schools will participate in the next round on Feb. 12.

For more information, call Carol Hess at 541-2574.

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