Volunteer gets state honor for elder care help

When the elderly in Barnwell County can no longer prepare lunch or dine out, Generations Unlimited volunteers are there.

One of those volunteers; Norman Duncan, was recently recognized by Lt. Gov. Andre' Bauer at the 2010 Aging Awards.

Duncan was the Region 5 (Lower Savannah) winner.

Sheila Brooks, the senior services manager at Generations Unlimited said, "He is very instrumental in making sure all of the Williston meals are delivered. What he does is priceless for our agency."

"I encourage everyone to find out how to volunteer to deliver meals," Duncan said. "You get more out of it (volunteering) than you put in. It's very rewarding."

Brooks said her agency has seen an increase in the number of seniors being served in the last year.

Right now agency volunteers deliver an average of 90 meals each day and on Thursdays they also deliver 175 frozen meals for use over the weekend, she said.

To become a volunteer, individuals need to have their own vehicle, a current driver's license and be willing to donate at least one hour per month, Brooks said.

Most of the current volunteers are 55 or older themselves, she said.

Another volunteer opportunity presents itself at the center.

"We can always use volunteers at the meal site," she said.

Duncan said he has been volunteering for about 10 years with the center.

"I just happened to see people doing it and they suggested I volunteer," he said.

Margaret Mack, also of Williston, has been volunteering for over 25 years with the center and she is the person who suggested Duncan start volunteering, he said.

Mack has a brother, George Rast, who comes from Columbia to volunteer in the Williston area, Duncan said.

"Williston people are overwhelmingly willing to help," Duncan said.

Brooks can be reached at (803) 259-4599.