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B'ville Outreach Program vital to community

PEACE offers a nutrition program, sponsors 20 scholarship programs for summer camp, has a Head Start Program, and is implementing a "Big Brother" mentor program.

Metz heads up Meals On Wheels Inc. at Canton Woods Senior Center and is there until 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, then heads over to Outreach for the rest of the day. The Baldwinsville Meals On Wheels Mission includes dedication to excellence as they care for the nutritional well being of those who request their services. Their nutritional service is providing balanced meals, an essential component for many people so they can remain in their homes and community.

Baldwinsville Meals On Wheels has 115 active volunteers and services Liverpool and Baldwinsville. The meals are cooked at Canton Woods five days a week and they service about 110 clients daily with no age restriction.

"We are not government run," Metz said. "We are supported by the community through grants and fundraisers. We get a nice response to our main fundraiser in November."

Laurange and Metz also mentioned Food Sense, an Outreach program run through the food bank that is open to anyone and has no income restrictions, Safe Link, which provides a free cell phone for anyone who qualifies, and a Farmers Market coupon. If that wasn't enough, Laurange and Metz even provide assistance for legal services at Canton Woods.

"Some people have financial problems that they need help with," Laurange said.

There's even a Parkinson's Support Group and one for the visually or hearing impaired called Aurora.

"We had one for cancer and one for diabetes, but they didn't get enough supporters," Laurange said.

"There's nothing we don't do. We do just about everything!" Metz added with a smile. "Many seniors get set in their ways and don't realize they have alternatives. That's why we are here. Outreach isn't just nine to five Monday through Friday. We've done things on evenings and weekends. Anywhere we go we end up helping or referring someone."

"We answer to a lot of people!" Metz joked, but in reality, they really do.

Judy Laurange. left, and Donna Metz are the Outreach workers at Canton Woods Senior Center.

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