FRYEBURG, Maine — The Fryeburg Age-Friendly Task Force is hosting a Valley Volunteer Fair Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Fryeburg Recreation Community Center to present the public with information concerning local non-profit organizations, available services and volunteer opportunities.
Music and refreshments will be part of the event.
Representatives from the following organizations are expected to attend: Jen’s Friends, Fryeburg Public Library, Harvest Hills Animal Shelter, Mother Seton House, MSAD 72, MWV Adult Day Center, Carroll Country Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Fryeburg Area Rotary Club, Window Dressers and Dinner Bell North.
Of the event, task force member Jo-Ann Harris of Fryeburg said: “Perhaps you have always wanted to volunteer but didn’t know where or how to get involved. This is a great opportunity to learn what these great organizations do and find the one that fits your needs and desires. A helping hand goes a long way."
The task force is a committee of volunteer Fryeburg residents who are working with a regional 11-town, Mount Washington non-profit collaborative that is designed to make a more livable community for all ages. It meets every other Thursday at Fryeburg Town Offices on Lovewell Pond Road 7:30-8:30 a.m.. The next session is slated for Thursday, Jan. 16.
Some of the task force’s ongoing undertakings include providing information about health care, fuel assistance, energy conservation measures, window dressing opportunities to save on heat, internet access and free activities tat the library; transportation assistance; and developing age-friendly community events such as bingo nights, speed dating and dances at the Rec Center.
It recently teamed with the Rec Center to launch a program where students help bring salt and sand to elderly residents to help with icy conditions outside their homes.
Participating local towns in the MWV Age-Friendly organization include Albany, Bartlett, Chatham, Conway, Eaton, Freedom, Fryeburg, Hart’s Location, Jackson, Madison and Tamworth.
For information about the Jan. 18 fair, call Harris at (617) 840-9899 or email FAFTHarris@gmail.com.