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CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, April 28 - May 4, 2000 - 31 HEALTH & FITNESS Sussex AIDS Committee honors volunteers at state park Volunteers make a world of dif- ference. In organizations like the Sussex County AIDS Committee, it is largely volunteers who run programs and provide needed client services. Over the past five years, SCAC has helped to meet the needs of over 200 people living with HIV or AIDS in Sussex County. Volunteers have assisted in the provision of services ranging from financial assistance to trans- portation to supplemental food. "We are grateful to our many volunteers," said Murray Archibald, SCAC Board President. "On behalf of the Board and the employees of SCAC, I would like to recognize their work and continuing com- mitment to the community. We very literally could not do what we do without them." SCAC Executive Director Greg Kenyon said "we could not do anything without the volunteers. The volunteers are SCAC." SCAC honored its many volun- teers in a luncheon on Saturday, April 22. While SCAC appreci- ates the work of all its volunteers, this year it wanted to highlight the work of several particularly active individuals by nominating them for national recognition under the prestigious Jefferson Awards program. The program was co-founded by the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Hon. Robert Taft Jr. to recognize volunteerism and exemplary community service. After thoughtful consideration, they choose to recognize for the first category, Carlton Carmean and Glenda Gibbs for their contribu- tions to the transportation pro- gram. They also recognized Jill Gregory for her contributions to the transportation program and for assistance in the office, Peggy Beauchemin for her assistance in the office, and Louis Lucente for his assistance in the office and with the food program. Each of these volunteers has shown energy, reliability and devotion to the work they do and the community they serve. All are deserving of the recognition that the award of a Certificate of Excellence will bring. Gregory said that she wanted to share the award with all the other volunteers and she urged others to volunteer. "It is really working from the heart. There are so many people out there who need some- one," she said. "There are just so many people that enjoy the com- pany...We're all human beings and we're here to help each other. If you are working from the heart, then you are definitely showing love." Gregory said that God has blessed her. "I just want to share my blessings," she said. Miss Delaware National Teen Stephanie Andrews also attended the volunteer luncheon. Andrews, of Fenwick Island, hopes to work with pediatric AIDS cases and already volunteers with SCAC. She said she has enjoyed her vol- unteer work. "It's very reward- ing," she said. "It's something I will never forget." For the second category of Jefferson Award candidates, SCAC had to look no further than to two of the Certificate of Excellence winners, Glenda Gibbs and Louis Lucente. Everyone who has worked with them knows how much they deserve this double recogni- ANDREWS tion. Glenda Gibbs was nominatd for the 2000 Jefferson Awards bcause of her dedication, compassion and loyal service to the clients here at the Sussex County AIDS Committee. In the short time that Glenda has volunteered for SCAC, she has illustrated an enormous con- cern and supportive attitude toward the people she assists each week. For over four years, Glenda has provided transportation to SCAC clients, people living with HIV, so that they may be able to attend medical appointments and pur- chase their needed medications. While some may be afraid to deal with this issue because of the stig- ma still unfortunately existent with HIV, Glenda has taken on the responsibility of helping her clients wholeheartedly. She trav- els over 300 miles a month in her own vehicle to help others. It is with great pleasure that SCAC recommends Glenda for Michael Short photo Jill Gregory is one of five Certificate of Excellence Award winning volunteers to be recognized by the Sussex County AIDS Committee. Gregory is shown here receiving the award from SCAC Executive Director Greg Kenyon. this award, not only for her serv- ice of transporting clients, but for her friendship and commitment to the people she aids. She truly enjoys meeting each and every contact she is given and she offers emotional support and even her personal phone number for when they're feeling down and need someone to talk to. She provides the staff with a sense of pride and security just knowing that her good will is with the organaiza- tion. The staff at SCAC likes to think of Glenda as the client's angel and certainly as the agency's angel. Every morning before she picks up a client, she says a little prayer and asks God to provide for her "friends." The decision was very simple and with overwhelming unanimity that Louis Lucente be nominated for the 2000 Jefferson Award due to his motivation, energy and wil- ingness to help in a pinch. During the last four months, the Sussex County AIDS Committee has undergone a transitional period in which the search for a new execu- tive director was being conducted. At which time, because of the hol- iday season, the agency was receiving donations and preparing gift baskets for over 100 clients. Louis was willing to do anything that needed to be done including sorting through donated clothing, decorating, clerical duties, and Continued on page 34 Seniors wanted: prescription plan in effect Since 1993, my administration has worked diligently to address the health care and medical needs of our citizens in a comprehensive way. We initiated the Delaware Healthy Children Program last year to provide low-cost health insurance to children of working poor families, which will provide coverage for as many as 10,500 kids across Delaware. In March, Indian River High School's wellness center opened, signifying that every public high school in Delaware who wants a wellness center now has one. We also expanded access to pre- natal care for women and children on Medicaid, ensuring access to care for nearly 6,000 more preg- nant women and children and their babies each year. However, in my travels up and down the state, one of the most common concerns I hear from cit- izens - especially older Dela- wareans - is the rising cost of pre- scription drugs. Prescription drug HEALTH TOPICS GOV. TOM CARPER Gov. Thomas R. Carper is the 71st governor of Dela- ware costs are rising at a-rate of 12 per- cent per year - faster than any other component of the U.S. health-care system. For seni9rs living on a fixed income, that rate is overwhelming. No senior citizen should ever have to make a choice betweeta buying groceries and purchasing prescription medicine. Although Medicaid and the Nemours Health Clinic Pharmaceutical Assistance Program subsidize prescription drug costs for very low income seniors, there are thousands of Delawareans whose very modest income eliminates them for Medicaid and other program cov- erage. Last year, I signed into law Substitute I to Senate Bill 6 - the Pill Bill - that protects those Delawareans from falling through the cracks - providing prescription assistance to more than 6,000 Delaware residents whose annual income is less than 200 percent of poverty. The Delaware program will cover most drugs that are manu- factured by companies that agree to pay the state a rebate for the right to participate in the program. The program will pay up to $2,500 per person, per state fiscal year. There will be a copayment of $5 or 25 percent of the cost of the prescription, whichever is greater. The pharmacy will collect the copayment before it dispenses the prescription. The income eligibility limits for seniors age 65 and over are for singles with a monthly income of more than $1,04I but under $1,374, and couples with a com- bined monthly income more than $1,427 but under $1,844 For people under age 65, and eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, eligi- bility is for singles with a month- ly income under $1,374, and cou- ples with a combined monthly income under $1,844. Also eligible are elderly and SSDI individuals who have income of more than these amounts who may be eligible if they have prescription costs that are more than 40 percent of their yearly income. With this innovative initiative to help some of our most vulnera- ble population, the Delaware Prescription Assistance Program is at the forefront of the nation and is a model for other states and now the federal government to emulate. Congress is just begin- ning to consider proposals like what we already have in Delaware to cover prescription medicines. In Delaware, we are partnering with families, communities, and other government agencies to pro- vide a network of support to those most vulnerable with one simple goal in mind - to help people who need it most. We have signed up 2,000 eligi- ble seniors so far, but we need your help getting the word out on this comprehensive plan. If you think you may be eligible for the Delaware Prescription Assistance Program or know someone who may be eligible, applications are available by call- ing 800-996-9969, Ext. 17. Applications are also available at senior centers and Division of Social Services offices statewide.