Those that give of their time to the Foster Grandparents Project and Retired Senior and Volunteer Program were thanked Tuesday by the Aiken Barnwell Community Action Commission.


The Commission held a luncheon, Celebrating the Magic of Volunteering!, at the H. Odell Weeks Center, and hundreds of volunteers with the two programs heard that their service is greatly appreciated.


There is no doubt the volunteers are beneficial in providing community involvement, said Commission executive director George A. Anderson.


The Foster Grandparents Projects place adults in Aiken, Barnwell, Allendale and Edgefield county schools, Head Start and after-school programs to work with teachers and at-risk children to give them the love and attention they need, according to program director Toni Brunson.


“These grandparents lift them up,” Anderson said.


Peggy White, a 9-year foster grandparent at Macedonia Elementary School in Blackville, was recognized at the luncheon for her service. She got involved because she saw a need.


“Children needed extra help in the classroom. They did not or were unable to get the things they need,” she said. “They come from broken homes and we help them on their way to be the best they can be. I sat down in the homes and instilled in the parents how important it is for (their children) to go on in school.”


Retired Senior and Volunteer Program volunteers work with community organizations and nonprofits in Aiken, Barnwell and Edgefield counties like Area Churches Together Serving.


Fred Voss volunteers through RSVP at ACTS. He picks up food items from Golden Harvest Food Bank and delivers it to ACTS for its food distribution to low-income families.


“I get the satisfaction knowing I’m helping people. Knowing I’m providing a service makes me feel good,” he said.


For more information on the Foster Grandparents Project or the Retired Senior and Volunteer Program, call 648-6836.