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SENIOR VOLUNTEERS: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of the Mahoning Valley is looking for volunteers. For information, contact Leah at 330-480-0352, Ext. 3.

RSVP is a national service program for individuals 55 and older who want to volunteer in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. These volunteers will also assist with community events.

The Senior Support Action Group is a coalition of community partners working together to assist the seniors in the Valley with access to food, transportation to medical appointments and companionship through the Phone Pals program.

FOOD DELIVERY: Direction Home of Eastern Ohio is partnering with various agencies for Families First Coronavirus Response Act funding for no-contact food deliveries to seniors 60 and older:

Trumbull — Trumbull Office of Elderly Affairs, 330-675-2486;

Mahoning and Columbiana — Easter Seals, 330-884-2513, or Jewish Family Services, 330-746-7929;

Ashtabula — Ashtabula County Community Action, 440-998-3244, Ext. 334.

NUTRITION SITES AVAILABLE: The Trumbull County Nutrition Program for the Elderly is provided by the Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs and operates nutrition sites at seven locations in the county. Meals will be delivered to county residents 60 and older who are homebound, unable to cook for themselves and not living with someone who can cook for them. Client donations are accepted. For information, call 330-675-2486. Reservations must be made by 2 p.m. two working days in advance.

• Cortland SCOPE, 153 Grove Drive, noon Monday through Friday. Call 330-637-3010.

• Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave., 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 330-545-5350.

• Hubbard Senior Center, 220 W. Liberty St., 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 330-534-3812, Ext. 2200.

• Johnston Senior Center, 5922 Warren Road, noon Monday through Friday. Call 330-924-0412.

• Newton Falls Senior Center, 612 Broad St., Newton Falls.

• Warren SCOPE, 375 N. Park Ave., 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Call 330-399-8846.

The menu is:

• Today — Rotisserie chicken with gravy, whipped potatoes, glazed carrots, dinner roll, mini muffin;

• Monday — Closed for Presidents Day;

• Tuesday — Lemon pepper chicken with gravy, wild rice, broccoli, wheat bread, diced cucumbers with Italian dressing, pineapple tidbits, sherbet;

• Wednesday — Cheese ravioli with sauce, green beans, warm applesauce, tossed salad with ranch dressing, dinner roll, pudding;

•Thursday — Kielbasa, sweet potatoes, sauerkraut, hot dog bun, fresh fruit, cookie;

• Feb. 19 — Warm ham-and-cheese sandwich, warm German potato salad, seasoned Brussels sprouts, bun with cheese and mayo, mixed fruit, angel food cake.

SCSEP OFFERS TRAINING: SCOPE Senior Service Centers have been providing host job sites along with other nonprofits in the area for the Vantage Aging Senior Community Service Employment Program. This program offers paid job training and placement to low-income adults 55 and older.

Besides age, requirements are to be unemployed and looking for training for a job. For additional information or to receive an application, call Vantage Aging at 330-782-0978 or SCOPE Senior Services at 330-399-8846.

The SCSEP is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Ohio Department of Aging.

SCOPE PARTNERS WITH H-CHOICES: SCOPE Senior Services is partnering with Steve Pelton of HChoices’s with online programming for senior citizens. The We Thrive Together social isolation and loneliness initiative have been providing online educational and health classes during the COVID-19 crisis to senior citizens in the Mahoning Valley.

Visit WeThriveTogether.org for additional details and class schedule listings. All programming is free and can be accessed online. For more information, call Alyssa at 330-727-9452.

OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM: Direction Home of Eastern Ohio (formerly Area Agency on Aging 11) is looking for volunteers to join the Ombudsman Program to advocate for excellence for those living in long-term care facilities.

Ombudsman help ensure that residents of long-term care facilities receive quality care and treatment. Volunteers will make phone calls and virtual visits to residents.

The training to become a certified volunteer will be provided virtually. Call 330-505-2338 for more information.

AUSTINTOWN SENIOR CENTER: The Austintown Senior Center, 112 Westchester Drive, is closed until further notice due to COVID-19. 330-953-1416; austintownseniorcenter.org.

JOHNSTON CENTER OPEN: The Johnston Senior Center on state Route 5 in Johnston is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center is COVID-19 compliant.

Although the lunch program is not available, classes will start Monday and include yoga, ceramics and woodcraft. Bingo will also be held weekly. Stop in or call 330-924-0412 to reserve a spot.

GIRARD CENTER: Participation in programs at the Girard Multi-Generational Center, 443 Trumbull Ave., is by telephone appointment only. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for participants with fitness room appointments Monday through Friday. Coffee bar and mind exercises will be in the gym at 9 a.m., and stretching class will be in the gym at 9:30.

Coffee bar, mind exercises and stretching class will be held in person on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. There will be virtual programming on Thursdays. The computer cafe will be available between 1:15 and 4 p.m. five days a week. One-on-one supportive service appointments will be scheduled by telephone.

Participants are asked not to arrive more than 10 minutes prior to their appointment.

For more information, contact Laura Carey at 330-545-6596 or go to www.multigen.org.

ALZHEIMER HELP ONLINE: The Alzheimer’s Association’s online Community Resource Finder at alz.org/crf provides ZIP code area-specific information on topics such as care at home, community services and housing options.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers numerous caregiver support groups virtually. A number of dial-in telephone support groups have been added for additional support.

To learn about support groups and community education programs, visit the site or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Individuals or organizations willing to partner with Shepherd of the Valley to provide goods or services to homebound seniors may contact Danielle Procopio at 330-530-4038, Ext. 2057, or email her at dprocopio@shepherdofthevalley.com.

NILES SCOPE, 14 E. State St., Niles, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. Call 330-574-2888. For lunch, call two days ahead by 2 p.m.

SENIOR RIDES: Applications to use the senior rides services are available by calling Diane Siskowic-Jurkovic, Trumbull County senior levy administrator, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 330-675-7846, by emailing her at SLJurkov@co.trumbull.oh.us, or online at http://seniorlevyser vice.co.trumbull.oh.us. They also can be picked up at Trumbull County SCOPE Centers in Warren, Howland, Champion, Cortland, Lordstown and Niles.

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