OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) -United Way of Wapello County is looking for volunteers for their Retired and Senior Volunteer Program…
The volunteers could help with the organization’s community garden.
The garden supplies food for local food pantries.
Peggy Fisher is the Director of the R.S.V.P program.
“And the last I heard they are well over 100 lbs of produce that they’ve already harvested from that garden.”
Fisher says everything the garden produces is thanks to their volunteers ages 55 and up.
“We are like a lot of organizations right now; we are kind of taking everything as it comes. We are keeping a very close eye on the pandemic and the case load that we are experiencing in or community and we really want to emphasize that we really want everyone to be safe and healthy right now. And because our volunteers are a high-risk population e want to make sure that those individual stay safe.”
Fisher says the communithy garden could use more help to plant produce and she calls gardening a low risk oppourtunity because seniors are able to practice social distancing.
“Because it is outside. Because folks are able to enjoy the warm temperature, we are having right now, but they are also able to – you know kind of socialize with other people. They get exercise which is also good for you know people as we get older, we need to exercise more.”
The United Way staff says despite the pandemic, there are still plenty of low risk volunteer opportunities for seniors.
If you are interested, you need to be 55 or older, work or live in around Monroe, Wapello and Jefferson Counties.
Contact Peggy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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