Daytona Beach, FL - The Council on Aging of Volusia County is in need of volunteers for all the services they provide but right now they really need drivers for the Meals on Wheels program. Gladys Lacen, who manages the Meals on Wheels program, the Senior Centers and the Respite Program, said that more than 148-thousand meals were delivered in Volusia County in 2018. Besides delivering meals, the service is also a wellness check and a way for people living alone to have some outside contact.
Other programs available from COA include Guardianship for when a senior is no longer competent to make important decisions for themselves and has no family member or friend willing or able to serve as their advocate, COA can help. There's also a Respite Program for caregivers to give them a much-needed break. It offers primary caregivers of loved ones with early-stage dementia, aged 60 years of age and older, some downtime from their responsibilities. At the Senior Activity Centers in Ormond Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Deltona, and Orange City, a variety of fun events, classes, and daily activities are available for active Volusia County seniors.
Lacen said they are really in need of volunteers at all eight sites around Volusia County. Expansion is planned for all of the programs offered by COA but to expand, volunteers are needed. Volunteering is easy. Lacen said if you'd like to volunteer, contact the office at 386-253-4700, Extension 239. You can visit the COA website by clicking here.