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‘Friends’ help Seniors First services happen

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Seniors First recently received a donation in the amount of $15,000 from “the Friends.”

“The Friends have been holding fundraisers to support Placer County senior services for decades,” reported Candace Roeder, executive director of Seniors First. “They have been an amazing fundraising arm of this organization over the years. They have raised funds for Placer County senior services in various ways, from selling entertainment books to baked potatoes with all the fixings to card parties with a full tri-tip dinner.”

Seniors First is an independent nonprofit senior services agency whose mission is to keep Placer County seniors independent. Seniors First serves all of western Placer County, fulfilling its mission in many ways: It provides 300 meals a day to homebound seniors (Meals on Wheels) and in nine Senior Cafes; provides 1,300 rides per month to medical appointments and essential errands (like grocery shopping); provides information and assistance to 500 individuals monthly; provides 95 isolated seniors with a friendly visitor on a monthly basis; performs 300 minor home modifications and safety repairs per month; and helps another 200 individuals understand and identify appropriate out-of-home living options.

“All of the services we provide are free of charge, although we do receive and appreciate donations,” Roeder said. “We work really hard seeking funding opportunities in order to keep providing these services. The seniors who depend on our services in order to remain independent are incredible human beings. They have great stories to share and we are all blessed to be able to do the work we do.”

For more information on services, volunteering or making a tax-deductible donation, contact Seniors First at 11566 D Ave., Auburn, call (530) 889-9500 or visit www.seniorsfirst.org.