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home : news : local   August 28, 2014

5/1/2013 7:20:00 AM
Homeless shelters served 237 clients since fall

Alicia LeGrand-Riniker
NewsTribune Reporter

On Friday, Public Action to Deliver Shelter hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet at Celebrations 150 with 218 volunteers attending.

The dinner is a thank-you to the many volunteers who donate time and efforts during the shelters’ operation period September-May. The group uses the dinner to release information about its volunteer efforts.

Executive director Carol Alcorn said the organization had almost a thousand volunteers at its shelters in Ottawa and Peruand its Lily Pad store in Peru. Alcorn said the volunteers worked more than 4,000 hours serving 237 clients which included 32 children and 21 families. The volunteers served more than 13,000 meals and offered life skill training for computers, employment and budgeting. The shelters also helped clients find medical assistance, proper legal documentations and transportation.

Alcorn said the client number had increased from last year’s 196 clients and the organization is always in need of more volunteers to help assist with its growing needs. She said individuals interested in volunteering can go to to see the volunteer handbook and fill out an application.

“We truly do appreciate our volunteers. They are our backbone,” Alcorn said.

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