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February 1, 2021 | Monthly News & Updates
COUNCIL ON AGING NEWS
The Osceola Council on Aging “Meals on Wheels” program will host the national 2021 March for Meals campaign by kicking off “The KUA Presents March for Meals 5K.” The event will take place on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Kissimmee Lakefront Park and will include a 5K (3.1 mile) run and walk for individuals and/or corporate and family teams, largest and most spirited team competition, silent auction, and those who finish will receive a metal. Plus, if you bring non-perishable food items to help us fill the food pantry, you will be entered into a special prize drawing!
2021 BLACK HISTORY THEME:
THE BLACK FAMILY: Representation, Identity, and Diversity
The black family has been a topic of study in many disciplines—history, literature, the visual arts and film studies, sociology, anthropology, and social policy. Its representation, identity, and diversity have been reverenced, stereotyped, and vilified from the days of slavery to our own time. The black family knows no single location, since family reunions and genetic-ancestry searches testify to the spread of family members across states, nations, and continents. Not only are individual black families diasporic, but Africa and the diaspora itself have been long portrayed as the black family at large. While the role of the black family has been described by some as a microcosm of the entire race, its complexity as the “foundation” of African American life and history can be seen in numerous debates over how to represent its meaning and typicality from a historical perspective—as slave or free, as patriarchal or matriarchal/matrifocal, as single-headed or dual-headed household, as extended or nuclear, as fictive kin or blood lineage, as legal or common law, and as black or interracial, etc. Variation appears, as well, in discussions on the nature and impact of parenting, childhood, marriage, gender norms, sexuality, and incarceration. The family offers a rich tapestry of images for exploring the African American past and present.

2021 Scavenger Hunt is a fun way of meeting various Chamber members, giving funds and donations to non-profits and increasing awareness of the City of St. Cloud, the St. Cloud Chamber and it's members.
Registration is for Teams of 2, 3 or 4.
Each Team MUST have a Team Captain.
Registration does include breakfast & t-shirt for each team member.
Please include t-shirt size for each team member in comments.
Variety of prizes for BEST Teams!

Meals on Wheels Volunteer?
We have been blessed with the most AWESOME, CARING, COMPASSIONATE and DEDICATED group of Volunteers! These awesome angels have been there with us in the our hardest times (COVID Pandemic). Day after day, some of them doing more than a route, more than one day a week! WE ARE SO THANKFUL TO EACH ONE OF THEM!
Because of COVID, the number of people we serve has doubled, making the routes longer! We have had to split routes to make it more manageable for volunteers and to better control meal temperatures. This is the reason why we need more volunteers! We are in need of volunteers especially in Poinciana, Poinciana Blvd., Pleasant Hill Road, Good Samaritan, Campbell City, Holopaw, Old Canoe Creek Road, BVL area, 192 going toward Celebration, among others!
If you are interested or would like to know more about it please call Wilda at 407-847-2144.
Osceola Council on Aging's Pet Corner
Research has shown having a pet has several benefits for older adults, including higher levels of physical activity which in turn may lead to better health. As well, because pets need a routine of feeding, walking, etc., this gives older adults a daily routine. Pets can be protective against feelings of loneliness, provide emotional support, and give people something to talk about, perhaps a way to make friends or to chat to caregivers.
For those on a limited budget as most seniors, the costs of pet ownership may be prohibitive, or they may elect to spend money on a pet at the expense of food or other items for themselves. Friends and family may try to discourage seniors from getting a pet due to concerns about who will take care of the animal if the person moves into an assisted living facility or passes away.
Addressing these concerns is how Pet’s Corner came into fruition. Available to our clients and Osceola County resident’s Pet’s Corner accepts donations to help seniors care for their pets.
Keeping our promise to our clients who are no longer with us, are too frail to care for them, or moved into a long term care facility we have started an adoption page to help rehome displaced pets. Please see below our current pets available for adoption and email Edi Blume at blumeedi@gmail.com if interested in adopting.

DEPARTMENT SPOTLIGHT

The Osceola Council on Aging Transportation Department provides services for the elderly or disabled adults who cannot transport themselves to senior dining sites and grocery shopping.

The Transportation is following strict CDC Guidelines
HEALTH & WELLNESS
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
WALL OF DONORS
Thank you to all of our donors. We are not able to get a photo of every donor but we thank you all the same.

We are so fortunate to have had so many of you reach out to us asking how you can help and what you can do to ensure our community is well cared for. As an essential business we provide meals and other services to members of the community in need.Your donations are more critical now than ever to ensure they continue to receive these services during this unprecedented time.

Our greatest needs are contributions, both monetary and grocery items, for our community food pantry. We are trying to keep up with the new demand and increasing needs to feed the community. Leveraging your monetary donations allows us to stretch your dollars to serve even more individuals.

Thank You!
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