Coordinator chosen for county Friendly Visitor Program...

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June 07, 2000

Coordinator chosen for county Friendly Visitor Program

The county Department of Aging has named Kelly Langan coordinator of its Friendly Visitor Program, succeeding Dorothy Callahan, who retired in April.

The program arranges weekly visits by volunteers to isolated homebound people 55 and older, and recruits, trains and provides support to volunteers.

Langan, who has experience in sales, marketing and public relations, has been a consultant for Deerfield Healthcare Corp. and for two years was admissions director at Deerfield Senior Day Center of Annapolis. The Towson University graduate lives in Pasadena.

The program has 60 volunteers, and a waiting list of seniors. Langan said some volunteers visit seniors at home and others go on weekly outings with seniors or help with errands.

Information, or to volunteer: call 410-222-4464.

Telecommunications board has opening for senior

The Governor's Advisory Board for Telecommunications Relay is seeking a senior citizen representative to fill a membership vacancy.

Applicants must be age 55 or older and require specialized "customer premises equipment" to use a telephone.

Appointed by the governor, the 12-member board advises the Maryland Department of Budget and Management's Telecommunications Access of Maryland program on issues related to the management and overnight use of Maryland Relay.

It has representatives of the deaf, deaf and blind, hard of hearing, senior citizen, and mobility- and speech-disabled communities. Members serve staggered three-year terms. The board meets four times a year in different parts of Maryland to encourage statewide citizen participation. Members are reimbursed for their expenses.

To apply, send a letter and brief resume to the Governor's Office of Appointments, State House, Annapolis 21401, and a copy to Willis J. Mann, Program Manager/GABTR Liaison, DBM/TAM, 301 W. Preston St., Suite 1008A, Baltimore 21201.

Volunteer opportunities

Mentors needed: The county Department of Aging's Seniors and Children Organized Prevention and Education program needs volunteer mentors. SCOPE focuses on drug-abuse prevention and education for youths. Information: 410-222-4464.

Visitor program: Community Advocates for Senior Opportunities and Services needs volunteers for a visitor program for people who are homebound. Information: 410-761-1769.

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