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Tipton Senior Center In Need of Volunteers

TIPTON, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--The Tipton Senior Center is looking for more volunteers to help deliver meals to the elderly.

The center used to get students from Tipton High School to help out, but that stopped when the school dropped the volunteer program.

"It's a great deal. We can have meals and be pretty independent."

Every week day Margaret Ketelsen gets meals delivered to her home.

"I think that's roast pork, mash potato and gravy and broccoli. So we have a well-balanced meal, she said.

Not too long ago, she was the one delivering the meals to seniors like herself but had to stop after six months.

"I too have had a knee replacement so I'm kind of out of commission right now, she said.

So are the Tipton student volunteers who once helped the Tipton senior center get the food out there

"It was part of their community internship program. All of a sudden at the end of one school year I got a notice from the principal that there weren't going to offer it anymore, said Karen Lafrenz, Director of Tipton Senior Center.

Karen Lafrenz says students were offered two options.

The volunteer program or senior release, they chose the latter and since then the center has been struggling to fill volunteer positions.

"Right now we are still short two days, she said, and for a program that serves the whole of cedar county, two days is too much.

"We serve about 150 to 160 meals a day, she said.

That's why she says more volunteers like Jerry O'Rourke are needed.

"My mother was doing it when she was 80 and I always thought that was kind of cool so I thought it would be my way to help out here, he said.

Margaret is hoping others will join him

"Cause we're all going to be senior citizens someday...and we're all going to need this service, she said.

If you would like to help out we've posted a link on our website, with more information about how you can contact the center.
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