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October 15, 2018

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Rewarding volunteer opportunity waiting to happen

MHCO seeking to add drivers to its group of medical transport volunteers

If you are 21 or older and like to drive, Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio has a rewarding volunteer opportunity for you. 

MHCO is seeking to add drivers to its group of medical transport volunteers. The time commitment is flexible, and driving is only for medical transports. Trips are made Monday through Friday and are typically from Bluffton to the Findlay/Lima area. 

According to Jessica Strahm, volunteer coordinator, MHCO provides well-maintained small buses and a mini-van for the transport of its elders who use scooters or are in wheelchairs. 

PrimeTimers will meet Oct. 2

PrimeTimers luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 2, beginning at noon at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988 Road 4, Pandora.  PrimeTimers is a monthly gathering for those 55+ and includes a free lunch, fellowship and entertainment.  ACE Basketball will be featured.

This month’s menu includes: Mixed green salad with maple dressing, cranberry apple stuffed chicken, mashed potatoes, buttered corn, dinner rolls, pumpkin crisp and coffee.  There is no charge for the meal, but donations are accepted.

The family volunteer experience

Lewandowski family has unique peerspective of aging and nursing homes

Lewandoskis Benefit from Family Volunteer Experience

According to the website for Kids Giving Back, volunteering is a two-way street, giving children and their families an opportunity to change lives, including their own. 

Because of the Mennonite Home Community of Ohio’s volunteer program, Bluffton’s Lewandowski family has been given a new view of aging and nursing homes.

Afternoon fishing derby Saturday at Maple Crest

Maple Crest Senior Living Village, 700 Maple Crest Court, Bluffton, will hold a fishing derby during Fall Festival, Saturday, Sept. 22 from 2-3 p.m. 

The event will take place at Maple Crest pond and is free and open to the public.  Bait and poles will be provided.

Earlier this week, six, 2 lb. tagged bass were released into the pond. Anyone who catches a tagged fish will win a bag of Shirley’s Popcorn. 

Other events taking place at Maple Crest on Saturday include an antique tractor display, kiddie tractor pull, live music and food for sale.

Mennonite Home Communities to offer free CEUs

“Unexpected Decisions,” focusing on advanced directives and Ohio DNR, will be presented on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 12-1 p.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 Elm St., Bluffton.  The presentation is approved for one contact hour for social workers and nurses.

Presenter Niki Sidle, MSW, LISW-S, will discuss the challenges individuals encounter when required to make difficult decisions and how medical professionals can support those individuals.  Sidle is bereavement coordinator at Bridge Home Health & Hospice.

Silent auction lets you take flight or take a snooze!

Underway now through noon Saturday at MMH

As part of Bluffton’s Fall Festival, the Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) Service Group is holding its annual Silent Auction from now through noon Saturday, Sept. 22.  All items are displayed in the Mennonite Memorial Home lobby, 410 W. Elm Street, Bluffton.

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