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Mercy Care to hold training for volunteers to help seniors

September 21, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is recruiting new volunteers.

The organization has scheduled a Friendship Volunteer Training Program in Saranac Lake on the mornings of Oct. 3 and 10. Both mornings are required to complete the training.

New volunteers will join Mercy Care's 70+ Friendship Volunteers from Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake and Lake Placid who are helping elders stay connected to their communities.

The group is seeking more people who are able to give some time to make elders' lives a little happier, help them enjoy their community more, or make things somewhat easier for them to live independently.

Anyone in the Tri-Lakes area who is interested in becoming a Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer is invited to take the training in Saranac Lake.

Mercy Care's Friendship Volunteer Training Program is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. To request registration information, please contact Sheila Schneck at Mercy Care by calling 518-523-5583.

Volunteers of all faiths are encouraged and invited to participate.

The mission of Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, is to extend mercy to elders in order to enhance the fullness of their lives. Mercy Care Friendship Volunteers help to relieve isolation and loneliness of their elder neighbors.

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is governed by a local board of directors and relies on grants and charitable gifts from individuals and businesses for its support. Board members include: Paul J. Reiss, Ph.D., president, Sr. M. Camillus O'Keefe, vice president, Jeremiah Hayes, Frank Lescinsky, Sr. M. Carolyn Madden, Jack McGill, Bill O'Reilly, Ben Peets, Barbara Rottier, Margaret Sorensen, Francis C. Varga, M.D., Sr. M. Denise Wilke, and Fr. John Yonkovig.

Mercy Care can be reached at 185 Old Military Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946, by calling Executive Director Donna Beal at 523-5581, or by email at For more information, visit Mercy Care's website at



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