Do Good: James Feaster, CSRA Area Agency on Aging
service: 18 months
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The Area Agency on Aging provides services for senior citizens in 14 counties, including Richmond and Columbia. Those services range from providing information and guidance to services that allow seniors and people with disabilities to live independently.
WHAT HE DOES: Feaster volunteers in the agency's Georgia Cares program. He helps seniors fill out paperwork to apply for Medicare Part D and navigate the Medicare system, and he assists with health insurance options.
WHY HE DOES IT: "I'm retired. I just love helping people. I wanted to give back. You see the rewards of how this helps people. That's the reason why I do it. There are so many people who don't know anything about the program. People really don't have this information. Once they have this information they're so grateful for it."
HOW YOU CAN HELP: The agency needs volunteers who are willing to learn about Medicare Part D. Volunteers are also needed in other capacities, such as counseling, data entry and community education. To volunteer, call Wallace White at (706) 210-2000, ext. 111.
You Can Do Good, Too
March of Dimes March for Babies: Register online; sign-in 8:30 a.m., walk 9 a.m. April 24
University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; walk to raise money for and awareness of March of Dimes mission to end premature births; www.marchforbabies.com
Aiken Walk MS: Check-in 9 a.m., walk 10 a.m. Saturday, May 1, Aiken County Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W., Aiken; walk of 1-5 miles to raise money and promote awareness of multiple sclerosis; no cost, participants urged to raise money before walk; Linda Trumbauer (803) 256-2554, www.carolinaswalkms.org
Golden Harvest Food Bank: Seeking volunteers to help sort donations in the warehouse; (706) 736-1199
Help children read: People ages 60 and older needed to work 20 hours per week to help children read; hourly stipend and mileage reimbursement; Jackie Kennedy at the Senior Citizens Council, (706) 868-0120
Recycling project: North Harlem Elementary School is seeking donations of empty printer cartridges and used cell phones; drop items at the school on Fairview Drive or at Etc. of Harlem on Louisville Road; (706) 556-5995
Safe Kids East Central Georgia: Seeking volunteers to help with events such as car seat and bicycle checks, and to lead programs that teach safety to children and teens; training provided; (706) 721-7606
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; drop off food at a participating school or the Community Connections office, 405 W. Church St., Harlem; (706) 556-0609
Shoe collection: Foot Solutions of Evans, in Mullins Crossing, is collecting lightly used shoes for the Soles 4 Souls charity, to be sent to Haitian refugees; firstname.lastname@example.org, (706) 228-3663
Toiletry collection sites: Hope Soap, a private, nonprofit agency collects toiletries to be distributed to shelters; donations may be brought to The Columbia County News-Times in the Publix shopping center on Washington Road, Evans, or to Wild Birds Unlimited
Yarn donations: Dropped Stitches, a group at Washington Commons that knits blankets for hospitals and soldiers, is seeking donations of yarn from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at the retirement community on Washington Commons Drive off Washington Road in Columbia County; Holley Howard, at (706) 860-0402