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Senior Center seeks volunteers to help with pie-baking fundraiser

Volunteers are needed for the annual baking of 800 or more fruit pies, for sale during Harvest Fest. Baking starts at 8 a.m. on Oct. 16 at the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Place.

Center director Heidi Musgrave said the pies will cost between $7-$10 and proceeds will be used to support programs at the center, including congregate and home-delivered meals. Community members are invited to order a marionberry, peach, strawberry-rhubarb, apple, cherry or fruit medley pie ahead by calling 386-2060. Musgrave said they are also welcome to show up at the center on Thursday evening to take away a freshly baked pastry.

Musgrave said the success of the fundraiser is dependent upon the number of people who step forward to don an apron and roll crust. She said it is helpful if interested individuals let the center know they are participating so that production lines can be arrange. She said all helpers will be rewarded with a free pie at the end of the day and provided with the opportunity to share in a fun activity.

“If you’re interested in building an old-fashioned pie this is the place to come,” she said.

She expects the privately-funded adult center to receive the same strong community support for the pie-baking that is already evidenced in other programs. For example, the Hood River Soroptimists recently donated $139.73 for the home meals program, money that helped pay expenses for several low-income seniors.

“We’ve always been a lot of volunteer help, it enables us to run the center,” said Musgrave, who said about $25,565 is saved every six months through the labor of 60 unpaid workers.

Musgrave said other volunteer opportunities are available for individuals who don’t want to be in the kitchen. For example, she said a new Peer Counseling training session will soon get underway. The free program helps seniors deal with depression, isolation and other issues related to aging. Counselors are carefully screened and have to be age 50 or older so they can understand the needs of their “clients.” Musgrave said the purpose of the one-on-one meetings between the two parties is to provide the struggling senior with a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen and a voice that affirms their loss and then instills hope.

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Parkdale correspondent Angie Green passed long the school’s thanks to committee members serving this year: Local Committee members: Gordy Sato, Bob Andrews, and Noreen Riley. Site Council members: Jenni Donahue, Kathy Seemes, Bill Jackson. PTA members: Randy Gray, Paula Edwards, Nancy Bright, and Linda Gray.

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