Ever since I was a little girl, I remember going to fundraisers for the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging. I remember seeing my dad Bill Crawford, along with his co-workers, working tirelessly doing whatever was necessary to make an event come together.
Unfortunately, I also remember looking up to the former CEO of the organization. Since the former CEO's dismissal from the company, I have seen those same faces working tirelessly. Except now, it is with the added stress of having to cut services from the elderly.
For years, I have volunteered and witnessed how much the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging has changed lives and improved the quality of life for many senior citizens in the area. I have helped deliver hot meals to women in their 90s who won't see anyone but me all day. I have played bingo with patients of an adult day care center for people with dementia. These activities have gone on fantastically, all by the hard work of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging. Let there be no doubt that this organization changes lives.
Unfortunately, I have seen many people write this organization off as a scam in the last few months, and I am sickened by the number of programs that I have seen cut because of the lack of funds. The workers of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging have taken a pay cut, have worked through all of the media that comes with a scandal such as this, and are putting all that they have into putting this organization back together.
Care for the elderly is a vital part of society that the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging is covering for us. If we allow this organization to go under, many elderly citizens in our community will find themselves without a way to meet their needs. We cannot afford, as a community, to lose this agency.