Annual Dining for Dollars fundraiser raises funds to support area seniors

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A Local volunteer group is cooking up a fun and delicious way to support seniors in our area.

The Faith In Action Volunteers organization, administered by the Broome County Council of Churches will be hosting its 12th annual Dining for Dollars fundraiser next month.

People can enjoy a meal served by local celebrities and members of clergy.

Proceeds from the event will support community social connections programs, such as Chop and Chat.

This program provides fresh produce and other ingredients for seniors to prepare a meal together while socializing.

Faith In Action Volunteer Program Director Susan Spencer says the organization allows seniors to feel young at heart.

"A lot of seniors who live alone find themselves very isolated. As they get older and they no longer can drive, they can't get out to do the things that they used to do. So, isolation is a huge factor in the increase of people having to leave their homes, because they don't take care of themselves," said Spencer.

Evalie Flynn has been taking part in the Chat and Chop program for a few months.

Before participating, she was told by her doctor that she was prediabetic.

She says the program has helped her change her diet and her overall health.

"I just had my bloodwork done a few weeks ago and my doctor said it was still up there a ways, but I'm no longer prediabetic," said Flynn.

The fundraising dinner takes place October 12, at the Polish Community Center in Binghamton.

They'll be serving up Halupki and the event will also include live music and raffles, plus songs from the clergy.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling 607-724-9130.


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