ECCC briefs Area Agency on Aging director

Elder Care Community Council Board of Directors met with Lisa Bretz, MSW, Executive Director of Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for North Florida this past week.  ECCC President Valentina Webb updated Ms. Bretz on activities since the COVID-19 closed the doors at Holy Family Senior Center in Apalachicola mid March.  ECCC had submitted our quarterly report to AAA which included serving 2,888 lunch meals and almost 600 volunteer hours for the three month period: April through June.  We are so grateful to our many volunteers and donors that have made this work possible.  
Lisa Bretz says, “You have done a fantastic job in the community and it has been a pleasure to work with you over the years.  Val is confident, passionate, and presents as a strong leader for ECCC.  You have a great team and you have a special place in my heart. You all are a great group of people to work with and thank you for keeping plugged in and keeping  me informed of all the great work you are doing.”  
One of our recent donors was the Sparks And Sons Grocery on St. George Island.  ECCC was able to do a special order for vegetables and meat with their generous donation and this allowed for extra nutritious meals.  Every effort counts and together we make a difference.  

One of ECCC’s wonderful volunteers is Fredi Dempster of Apalachicola.  Ms. Dempster has supported ECCC since she moved to Apalachicola and started volunteering to deliver lunch meals to the homebound when people were no longer able to gather at Holy Family Senior Center for the hot meals.  Ms. Dempster says, “Joe and I moved to Apalachicola in December after several years of making this town our vacation destination.  We chose Apalachicola because the town has a wonderful sense of community.   Soon after our move,  we attended an event and some classes at the ECCC.  Then came the pandemic… just as we were feeling somewhat isolated, spending more time at home, we received a call from Val asking if we were ok, and if we needed anything.  We decided we wanted to participate in the organization’s activities. The ECCC is doing a great service in our city and county at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has put tremendous strain on traditional support systems for the elderly and disabled. We are  proud to play a small part in helping our neighbors in need through this program.” 
If you would like to get involved for a minimum of one hour per month or you would like to make a donation of food or cash to keep our efforts alive to bridge the gaps for seniors in Franklin County, please call us at 850-370-0116 or email us at ecccfranklin@gmail.com.  Together we are taking care of each other.  Like us on FaceBook at ECCC-ETripleC to stay up on any updates.  Our mailing address is PO 335, Eastpoint, Florida 32328. We appreciate the Apalachicola Times Editor, David Adlerstein, for continuing this weekly column as a way for us to stay connected during this time when we can’t gather in person.