Readers’ Corner: Oct. 26, 2009 |

Readers’ Corner: Oct. 26, 2009

United Way kicks off 2009-10 campaign

More than 120 people attended the United Way of Nevada County campaign kick-off breakfast at the Gold Miners Inn – Holiday Inn Express on Oct. 15.

It opened with Board President Don Daniels and Executive Director Megan Timpany saying a few words about the work United Way in our area.

Guest speakers included Tony Laughran, founding member of United Way of Nevada County; Gil Mathew, CEO of the Nevada County Economic Resource Council; and Kathy Scott, business manager for UPS.

A 20-minute video highlighted some of United Way’s local partner agencies. There was great food and door prizes. This is the official kick-off of the 2009/2010 United Way campaign season.

This nonprofit has been in Nevada County for 27 years and continues to work hard to help our community grow in healthy and vibrant ways. For more information or to get a copy of the new campaign video, call (530) 274-8111.

Pennies for hospice

Folks from Friends of Hospice will be in front of Raley’s in Grass Valley this weekend (Friday through Sunday, Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 1) staffing tables to help you get rid of all that heavy, loose change clanking around in your pocket and purse.

The Penny Drive benefits Hospice of the Foothills, which is outfitting the new facility to be open soon. It’s amazing how detailed the state requirements are, down to which utensils they must have in the kitchen and where to store them.

These pennies add together and grow to a hefty help for this great organization that tends to the dying and their families.

Volunteers protect elderly

Ombudsman Services of Northern California is seeking volunteers to help elderly residents in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. Ombudsmen investigate complaints of abuse and neglect and promote residents’ rights through facility visits.

The Ombudsman Program is offering free training for California state certification starting Nov. 2 in Loomis. The training includes eight days of training and a month of field internship.

For more information and to request a volunteer application packet, visit and look for the “Volunteer” link, or call (530) 823-8422.

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