Pictured Above (L-R): Board Chairperson Jean Finley, Judy Lohman and Ray Lohman.
Effingham, IL -(Effingham Radio)- C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently recognized volunteers that helped the agency achieve its mission. According to C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Bushur, “The agency recognized outstanding acts of volunteerism and civic involvement to help transform lives and to build stronger communities.”
For giving the gift of valuable time to help others, C.E.F.S. recognized Ray and Judy Lohman as 2018 Outstanding Volunteers. C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Bushur commented, “The agency and program accomplishments would not have been attained without the shared commitment, dedication and involvement of our outstanding volunteers.” Bushur continued, “It was a privilege to honor Ray and Judy Lohman with the 2018 outstanding volunteer award recognition.”
Ray and Judy Lohman have been volunteering to deliver home-delivered meals for the Meals on Wheels of C.E.F.S. for the Teutopolis Nutrition Site for over twenty years. The Lohmans are always willing to trade days or and drive for someone else when they are unable. According to Teutopolis Nutrition Site Supervisor Nancy Hoene, “Just call Ray and Judy for a ‘Yes, I can drive for you!’ ” Ray and Judy are outstanding volunteers because they are very dependable and always willing to take on more days and routes when needed. For over twenty years, Ray and Judy have been making a difference in the lives of homebound seniors in their community by delivering not only a meal but also a friendly greeting, smile, and concern for the individuals being served.
The Meals on Wheels of C.E.F.S. provides nutritionally balanced meals on a donation basis to people who are 60 years of age and older and their spouses. There are no income guidelines or any restrictions besides the age limit. Educational, informational and social activities are available in addition to nutrition. Meals are served on a reservation basis. Meals on Wheels of C.E.F.S. operates eighteen sites in the five counties of Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Christian and Montgomery. The program is funded through the Administration on Aging including Title III funding through the Area Agencies on Aging (Midland Area Agency on Aging), local United Way agencies and participant contributions. There are two components to our Meals on Wheels of C.E.F.S.: congregate meals where seniors share a nutritious meal and enjoy activities and fellowship at a nutrition site and home delivered meals where meals are delivered to homebound seniors. A nutritious meal along with a daily check are benefits of home delivered meals.
The mission of C.E.F.S. is to provide opportunities for people through education and support to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. The programs and services offered through C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation make a real difference in the lives of residents of the community. C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Bushur stated, “Nearly 3,500 volunteers provided nearly 154,000 volunteer hours working very hard this year to help the agency achieve coordinated efforts to truly benefit low-income people.”
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation has been providing effective social services for over 53 years for low-income persons within their service delivery area. C.E.F.S. is a comprehensive human service provider in the service delivery area providing direct services, referrals and linkages to address the issues facing low income residents and providing local community solutions to meet those needs. For more information about the community action agency or program please contact the local C.E.F.S. Effingham County Outreach Office at 217/347-7514, the central office at 217/342-2193 or the agency website at www.cefseoc.org or the agency Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cefseoc.