Friends of the Disabled seeks volunteers

JACKSON — The Friends of the Disabled, a volunteer committee consisting of members of the Commission for the Disabled/Handicapped as well as community members, is looking for volunteers to assist in their fund-raising projects.

The purpose of the Friends, in addition to securing funds needed for special projects, is to work with commission members to increase awareness of the commission and assist in its educational and recreational programs throughout the year.

The commission, with the support of the Friends, serves disabled Jackson residents by providing a variety of activities as well as providing nonemergency medical transportation to residents and an equipment-leading program.

The commission also provides help and information to residents in finding the proper agency responsible in resolving specific problems.

The organization also sponsors a “Helping Hands” program — a weekly after-school recreational program, held during the school year, for children with disabilities. Activities include arts and crafts, cooking, games, movies and library visits.

Founded more than 30 years ago, the Commission for the Disabled/Handicapped was formerly known as the Handicapped Commission.

The Friends meet on the third Wednesday of the month at the Mel Cottrell Senior/Disabled Center on Don Connor Boulevard. Meetings begin at 8 p.m., or immediately after the commission meeting.

For more information about joining the Friends, call (732) 928-1787.