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Linda Walker, volunteer for the Walton Foundation.




ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Walton Rehabilitation Health Systems provides independence, rehabilitation and support to people who have been temporarily or permanently disabled through illness or injury.

WHAT SHE DOES: Linda Walker serves on the Walton Foundation board. Funds raised are used to buy equipment for the hospital and clinics and to provide financial support to the system's various programs, including independent and assisted living facilities, Camp To Be Independent and sports and leisure programs.

WHY SHE DOES IT: "Phil Harison asked me to get involved about four years ago. Phil and Gracie Harison were just real good friends of mine. Back in 1988, their youngest child was in a bad automobile accident. He ended up paralyzed from that wreck. Phil and Gracie became interested in facilities for people with handicaps. Phil started raising money for a place for people with disabilities to live. Consequently, he raised money for Harison's House, which is one of our independent living facilities. I had not been aware of the needs of handicapped people, where they lived, what they needed and that sort of thing until them. Unfortunately, he and his wife passed away in the last two or three years. I remained on the board to help keep his dream alive. We're lucky to have (Walton) here. Not many cities our size have a facility where you can keep the patient in their hometown and the family can be with them. We're very fortunate."

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Volunteers are needed to help with patient care, clerical duties and special events. Donations are needed to help support programs. Contact Walton at (706) 261-6179.

How you can help, too

Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services Volunteer Training: May 13-17; University Hospital, 1350 Walton Way, Augusta; (706) 774-2746

World War II veterans sought: The Augusta-Richmond County Historical Society seeking veterans for videotape interviews as part of the veterans history project; volunteers to conduct the interviews also are needed; call (706) 738-8242

Drivers needed: The American Cancer Society's Augusta chapter is seeking volunteer drivers for its Road to Recovery program, which provides transportation to cancer patients; (706) 731-9900
Saturday sacks program: About 350 sacks of food delivered to schools for children; send checks or money orders to Columbia County Community Connections at P.O. Box 99, Harlem, GA 30814; to donate food, drop it off at a participating school or at the Community Connections office, 405 W. Church St., Harlem; (706) 556-0609

Golden Harvest Food Bank: Seeking volunteers to sort donations in the warehouse; (706) 736-1199