Local Office on Aging reflects on past year, future needs
ROANOKE, Va. – The Roanoke Valley’s Local Office on Aging is looking back on the past year and looking forward to the next decade. The organization held its annual meeting virtually on Thursday to reflect on what they’ve been through during the pandemic and the needs still ahead. Despite COVID-19, they were able to deliver more than 88,000 meals for Meals on Wheels, coordinate medical care and provide transportation. During the meeting, the head of Virginia’s Department of Social Services, S. Duke Storen, said their work wouldn’t have been possible without those volunteers. AdWith an aging population, they said there needs to be a greater focus on nutrition and health, transportation and helping seniors stay physically and financially independent.
How to help a local senior in need without leaving the house
ROANOKE, Va. – Some local seniors who are homebound or don’t have someone to go to the store for them don’t have the supplies they need for this difficult time. That’s why the Local Office on Aging is asking for your help. LOA serves approximately 14,000 seniors in the counties of Roanoke, Botetourt, Craig and Alleghany and the cities of Roanoke, Salem and Covington. Canned meatsCanned fruitsCanned vegetablesPeanut butterPasta and soupsBreakfast barsInstant Carnation Breakfast EssentialsToilet paperGlovesHand sanitizerMasks“Our emergency food pantry is our most need now, we’re trying to get emergency food bags into every home. Boyd said they are taking extra precautions to make sure seniors are served and volunteers are protected in the process.
Local Office on Aging launches fundraising campaign to secure new facility
ROANOKE, Va. - The Local Office on Aging (LOA) is asking for your help to continue serving seniors in the Roanoke Valley. As the organization celebrates one year in its new retrofitted facility, it's now trying to raise the money to pay for it. The goal of the new Growing Forward Together capital campaign is to raise $150,000. LOA president and CEO Ron Boyd said theyre about 45% of the way to the goal. Click here to find out how you can contribute to the campaign.