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June 21, 2013

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LISA SPARACO SCHOLARSHIP: Donations are being accepted in memory of Lisa Sparaco, who was killed in a drunken driving accident. A scholarship will be given to an Ipswich High School senior who needs assistance to attend college. Send donations to the Lisa Sparaco Scholarship Fund, c/o First National Bank of Ipswich, Attn: Jenny, 31 Market St., Ipswich, MA 01938.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Council on Aging needs volunteers to drive seniors to and from medical appointments. Mileage reimbursement is offered. Volunteers are also needed for the Friendly Visitors program. Volunteers visit homebound elders for one to two hours per week with the goal of providing a supportive friendship and, in some cases, light grocery shopping. Training and support are provided. For more information, call Claire or Peg at the Rose Baker Senior Center at 978-281-9765.

FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED: Dare Family Services, a private, nonprofit social services agency that specializes in providing intensive foster care to children and teens that have been abused or neglected, is recruiting foster parents in all areas to provide homes for local foster children. Call 978-750-0751 or visit www.darefamily.org.

PARENT MENTORS SOUGHT: Pathways’ Cape Ann Families is seeking men and women to volunteer as parent mentors. The Cape Ann Families Parent Mentor Program has been running for 20 years, serving parents of the Cape Ann community who are experiencing stress or isolation. The program is looking for volunteers to participate in its five-week spring parent mentor training, after which each volunteer will be matched with a parent, beginning a year-long mentorship/friendship. Contact Teby Wammack at 978-281-2400, ext. 110, or twammack@pw4c.org.

FUND TO PREVENT HOMELESSNESS: The nonprofit organization based in Manchester provides one-time assistance to families in Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Manchester, Rockport and Wenham who do not qualify for any state funding. The fund, which gives 100 percent of contributions to families in need, defines families as a minimum of at least one parent and one child in the home. The board uses a volunteer professional intake coordinator to evaluate and assess the needs of families requesting assistance. Most families are referred by social service organizations or clergy. All inquiries and contributions may be sent to the Fund to Prevent Homelessness, P.O. Box 17, Manchester 01944.

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