More letters, Oct. 13

October 11, 2013 

Shirley Block, center, packs her car with The Cedars’ food donations for PORCH. On the left is Ina Evans; on the right, Patrick Conley.

COURTESY OF THE CEDARS

Senior making a difference

Shirley Block of The Cedars of Chapel Hill recently received the Community Service Award from LeadingAge North Carolina, a state association of not-for-profit providers dedicated to quality care, housing, health and community services for the elderly.

Through Shirley’s tireless efforts, the Scholarship Committee at The Cedars provides scholarships for all of its employees attending college. Last year, 24 employees received such scholarships. The committee also provides cash stipends for employees to purchase school supplies for their children; 91 children benefited this year.

In addition, over the past three years, Shirley has organized monthly food drives for PORCH in the various buildings and cottages at The Cedars, making it possible for PORCH to grow its fresh foods program heading into the new school year. PORCH’s Food for Families program currently provides fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, and ground beef to 210 local families identified by school social workers as being especially at risk for hunger.

“People just want to be asked,” says Shirley. “So many seniors really want to stay involved in the community and participate in meaningful ways. The Scholarship Committee and PORCH provide ways to make a difference.”

Sara Flynn

Executive director

The Cedars of Chapel Hill

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