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Friendship Volunteer Training Oct. 25-26 in Tupper Lake

September 24, 2011
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is recruiting new volunteers and has scheduled a Friendship Volunteer Training Program in Tupper Lake on the afternoons of Oct. 25 and 26. (Both afternoons are required to complete the training).

New Volunteers will join Mercy Care's 60-plus volunteers from Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid who are helping elders stay connected to their communities. For the first time, Mercy Care has a waiting list of elders needing Mercy Care's Friendship and Companionship services. If you are able to give some of your time to make elders' lives a little happier, help them enjoy their community more, or make things somewhat easier for them to live independently, please consider becoming a Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer.

Anyone in the Tri-Lakes area who is interested in becoming a Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer is invited to take the training in Tupper Lake.

Mercy Care's Friendship Volunteer Training Program is free of charge but pre-registration is required. To request registration information, contact Sheila Schneck at Mercy Care by calling 523-5583. Volunteers of all faiths are encouraged and invited to participate.

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is a mission sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy to enhance the fullness of life of elders living independently in their community. Mercy Care Friendship Volunteers help to relieve isolation and loneliness of their elder neighbors.

Each of us probably knows a family member, friend, or neighbor who today or in the future may need comfort or assistance from a Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer.

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is governed by a local board of directors and relies on grants and charitable gifts from individuals and businesses for its support. Board members include: Paul J. Reiss, Ph.D., President, Sr. M. Camillus O'Keefe, Vice-President, Jeremiah Hayes, Frank Lescinsky, Sr. M. Carolyn Madden, Pearl McCahill, Msgr. John Murphy, Bill O'Reilly, Ben Peets, Barbara Rottier, Margaret Sorensen, Francis C. Varga, M.D., Sr. M. Denise Wilke, and Bernard Ziolkowski.

Mercy Care can be reached at 185 Old Military Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946, by calling Donna Beal, executive director, at 523-5581, or by email at



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