Community Support Services of Niagara to Launch March for Meals and Wheels Campaign

Community Support Services of Niagara (CSSN) announced today the launch of the First Annual March for Meals and Wheels Campaign. This campaign is a partnership between Community Support Services of Niagara and Seaway Mall in Welland. The purpose of the campaign is to raise much needed funds for the Meals on Wheels and Transportation Programs.

Meals on Wheels is designed to ensure that vulnerable seniors and adults with disabilities receive a nutritious meal and also ensures that these individuals are checked on regularly.Transportation is made available to those who cannot transport themselves to medical appointments, social events and shopping. Both programs are fee for service and dedicated volunteers assist in ensuring that individuals receive the much needed services they require to remain living at home independently. CSSN strives to keep the fees charged for programs as low as possible, however, with rising costs, it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide the service to those in need and at the same time trying to keep the fees charged to a minimum. Carolyn Askeland, Executive Director says, "The March for Meals and Wheels Campaign is designed to raise essential funds that would allow CSSN to continue to deliver these services to those living in the Niagara Region but also draws attention to the needs of our community especially those who are aging at home or living independently with disabilities.”

For the month of March, shoppers at the Seaway Mall can visit Customer Service, located across from the CSSN office to purchase a card that can be filled out and displayed to show support for CSSN programs. All donations are welcome, appreciated and will be used to support current CSSN services.

In June 2000, Meals on Wheels/Community Support Services of Welland/Pelham and West Niagara Community Support Services amalgamated for the purpose of providing volunteer- based community support services throughout the Region of Niagara. The new name of the amalgamated agencies became Community Support Services of Niagara. CSSN offers programs to seniors and adults with disabilities assisting them to live in their own homes independently. CSSN is funded by the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand and Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN). Donations are accepted and are used for client-focused services within the local community.

Services offered include: Meals on Wheels, Congregate Dining, Transportation, Homemaking, Friendly Visiting, Security and Reassurance Calls, Safety at Home, Leaf and Snow Buddies, and Home Maintenance and Repair.