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Volunteers honored in special photo exhibit

A first-of-its-kind photo gallery is now on display in Bon Vino's Bistro and Bakery in Sunnyside. It features members of Volunteer Chore Services who donate their time to help others with tasks ranging from transportation to yard work. The display was unveiled last Saturday at the Sunnyside eatery. Chore Services Program Coordinator Natalie Curfman says the goal is to recognize the work that volunteers do in helping the elderly and adults with disabilities. "It's a way to introduce our volunteers to the Lower Valley community," says Curfman, who notes the portrait photography is a way to showcase volunteers and their hard work for Chore Services. The professional photography was donated by Obbie Cruz as a way to help the Chore Services program. Dorothy Morales is elder services director for the program, which covers eight counties. Her office is based in Yakima and she visited Sunnyside last Saturday for the photo display unveiling. "I really appreciate that Natalie is recognizing the volunteers," says Morales. "Without volunteers we wouldn't have a program." Curfman adds that the photo show, on display at Bon Vinos through Saturday, July 27, is also a way to hopefully recruit more volunteers. Currently the Lower Valley has 30 Chore Services volunteers, and she says more are needed. Curfman says one of the big needs is for housekeeping volunteers to help those unable to tend to their daily chores at home. "Housekeeping is a hard volunteer position to fill," she says. "There are many people who could use the help." To help with housekeeping or other chores for the elderly and disabled, contact Curfman at 839-8260.

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