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Grab Bars for Geauga Seniors

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The Rotary of Burton-Middlefield Donated grab bars for seniors to The Geauga Department on Aging. (l-r) Rick Chambers, Kathy Vatty, Jessica Boalt, Bob Johnson, Carol Cashion, Stewart Miller and Bob Debevits. (MP Photo/Colleen Lockhart)

By Colleen Lockhart

Director Jessica Boalt from the Geauga County Department on Aging (GDA) was presented with a check from Kathy Vatty, president of the Rotary Club of Burton-Middlefield on Nov. 30 that allowed the purchase of 382 grab bars to ensure safety and independence for seniors. This was accomplished through the GCDOA’s Chore and Home Safety Program.

This program is available to registered Geauga seniors 60 years of age and older who own their home or have written permission from their landlord to allow installation of the grab bars. Seniors can receive up to three 18 inch grab bars, the most common size, installed per household.  However, if a senior wants a different size (larger or smaller) they must purchase their own grab bars and the GDA can cover the cost of installation. To become a registered Geauga County senior, contact the Chardon Senior Center at 440-279-2130 for assistance.

The Rotary Club of Burton-Middlefield raised $3,500 and received a matching grant from the Rotary District 6630 grants committee to assist Geauga’s senior population. Past donation recipients have included Habitat for Humanity, Geauga’s Veterans, Red Tulip, and the Hunger Task Force. Funds for projects have been raised through their annual pancake breakfasts at Berkshire High School every March and numerous other fund-raising activities throughout the year. Recent service activities have included work on the Century Village Maple Museum that opened in June of 2018, a donation to the UH Seidman Cancer Center, and their annual dictionary distribution to elementary students. 

For Rotary information go to https://rotarydistrict6630.org or find them on Facebook.

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