Aroostook RSVP reschedules chicken stew fundraiser

1 year ago

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – Members of Aroostook RSVP are serving up a hot meal that you can grab and take home in hopes of raising money and awareness for the volunteer-driven organization.

“Hot & Hearty Chicken Stew To Go“ is a drive-thru fundraiser going on at Aroostook Agency on Aging’s main office at 260 Main Street on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 4-6 p.m. The event was originally planned for December but was postponed by unfavorable weather conditions. 

Sales of the $10 meals will benefit the longstanding service that matches people aged 55 and over with volunteer opportunities to serve their communities and neighbors in a meaningful way. Several anonymous businesses have paid all up-front expenses for the fundraiser 

“We are encouraging all folks to stop by and get warmed up with a delicious to-go chicken stew meal with  roll, beverage, and dessert for only $10. They can park here and eat it in their car or take it home to feed  the family,” said Sherry Beaulieu, manager of volunteer services at the agency. 

“Those who purchase a meal will be helping us to help our community. Aroostook RSVP aims to make life better for older adults and those who are disabled by connecting caring people with their neighbors who  are in a moment of need,” Beaulieu added. 

So far this year, Aroostook RSVP volunteers have donated over 24,000 hours at soup kitchens, food  pantries and thrift stores from Benedicta to Madawaska. This represents a value of nearly $620,000 in donated labor. 

“The chicken stew fundraiser will also help meet ongoing expenses necessary to recruit, train and support  Aroostook RSVP volunteers, many of whom have served consistently at one or more of the community based partner sites,” said Carleen Elliott, chairperson of the group’s Advisory Board. 

For more information about Aroostook RSVP including how to become a volunteer, please call the Agency on Aging at 207-764-3396 or 1-800-439-1789. Or visit the Agency website at www.aroostookaging.org.

The mission of the Aroostook Agency on Aging is to improve the quality of life and promote the well-being of older  people in our communities. Since 1973, the agency has served as a resource, helping people to access information and services, while also advocating to assure the rights we all value are respected.