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B'ville: Entergy awards grant to BVC

The Baldwinsville Volunteer Center recently accepted a $1,500 grant from Entergy delivered by employee Brian Drain, a Baldwinsville resident.

The grant will help support the center's senior driving program that serves Baldwinsville's senior citizens.

"This generous grant from Entergy allows us to give our volunteer drivers a small stipend to help defray the high cost of gas," said Executive Director Nancy Conley. "We would hate to lose any of our drivers for that reason."

The program provides transportation to seniors who have no other way to get to medical appointments.

"There are many seniors who find it necessary to give up driving and then turn to family and friends to transport them," Conley said. "But, with family members working or living out of the area, many turn to driving programs such as the ones offered by the volunteer center and Canton

Woods Senior Center."

The Entergy grant is the second one received by the BVC.

Entergy, which is based in New Orleans and has a plant in Oswego, is a strong supporter of community-based projects that focus on community enrichment and improvements in areas where the company operates and where its employees live. Drain said not-for-profits and volunteer organizations are able to apply for the grants through Entergy.

For more information about the senior driving program or to become a volunteer driver, call Conley at 638-0251.

"We are both desperate for drivers as the need for this service is increasing," Conley said.

The Baldwinsville Volunteer Center is located at 44 Oswego St. in the village. Hours are from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

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