Neighbors Digest

Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 2004

JDHS Reunion planning starts

The Juneau-Douglas High School class of 1975 is forming a committee to organize its 30th reunion. If you are a classmate with an interest or skills in this area please attend the first planning meeting. It will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday., Nov. 17, in the Mendenhall Valley library. Contact Bob Peel at 463-3392 for more information.

Juneau Public Libraries present new program

The Juneau Public Libraries will hold a work session for nonprofits interested in learning about fund-raising. The meeting focuses on the Foundation Center and Grantstation database.

The meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 22, at the Mendenhall Valley library.

Space is limited, so call to sign up at 586-5249.

Hoonah mentoring program re-energizes

Hoonah is re-energizing the Foster Grandparent/Elder Mentor Program.

"Hoonah Elementary School, 21st Century Community Learning Center (which operates after school programs) and Head Start are where the mentoring will take place," said Hoonah Program Coordinator, Sally Dybdahl. "Often, elder mentors spend time with a youth reading, doing cultural activities, teaching life skills or just being together. Bonding occurs in a way that improves the lives of both."

The National Senior Service Corps has announced that funding is now available for seniors/elders in Hoonah to mentor children. "This is an unusual program in that volunteer service is rewarded with a small tax-exempt stipend, as well as a meal and transportation allowance. All persons over the age of 60 may be eligible to mentor up to 30 hours per week," said program officer Donald Murray.

For additional information about the opportunities with Foster Grandparents/Elder Mentors in Hoonah, please contact Sally Dybdahl at (907) 945-3600.

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