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Your Thanks: Communities team up to cool homes of Rock County seniors

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July 13, 2014

The Rock County Council on Aging and Voluntary Action Center collaborate to assist low-income, health-challenged seniors by providing them with free air conditioners.

Recently, VAC was notified that the county would be making available 30 used units used at Rock Haven Nursing Home. VAC then faced the challenge of picking up and storing them until new homes could be found. Since pickup and delivery depends on volunteers, VAC posted the need in its weekly Bulletin Board, trusting that someone would respond. A member of Cargill United Methodist Church in Janesville saw the post on her church’s Facebook page and knew who might help. The response came together almost as quickly as the need. The management of J&W Transfer in Janesville offered two employees and a box truck to do the hauling. Meanwhile, management of United Industries of Beloit offered a portion of their warehouse for storage.

Thanks to modern media, networking, and the compassion and generosity of local businesses, the need was met and air conditioners await assignment to eligible individuals. What a testimony to the remarkable ways two communities can work in concert to improve conditions for area citizens, especially seniors.

VAC would like to offer sincere thanks to the following for making all this happen: the Rock County Finance Committee, Joyce Lubben, Tina Wurtz, Jaine Winters, Doug Keating, the management of J&W Transfer and United Industries, Shilo Titus, Denny Knopes and Dudley Kimball.

DAVID H. ZIMDARS

Executive director

Voluntary Action Center

Beloit



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