Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America, food
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A program on the Western Slope that makes sure seniors have enough food to ride out winter storms kicked into gear Monday. 

Workers with Volunteers of America packed “blizzard” boxes at the Senior CommUnity Meals site in Eckert.

The packages contain non-perishable items like tuna, cereal, powdered milk and canned soup.  

  • Western Slope program delivers winter storm food boxes to seniors 
  • El Niño to bring more snow
  • Norwood pharmacy to open soon
  • Palisade High School needs severe repairs
  • Grand Junction police officer suspended, demoted
  • State budget already under discussion

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

Oct 28, 2015

  • Dead beavers in Gunnison County test positive for ‘Rabbit Fever’
  • Volunteers of America opens new health exchange assistance site in Delta
  • City of Ouray voters to decide 11 issues this November
  • Governor wants to block Clean Power Plan lawsuit
  • Southwest Chief efforts receive federal transportation grant

hands, senior citizen

In 2010, 10 percent of Colorado’s population was over the age of 65.

The state ranked fourth lowest in the nation for people in this demographic. However, this age group is rapidly growing according to the Colorado Demography Office.  

It’s projected this age cohort will more than double to nearly 1.3 million people over the next 20 years. 

paonia senior center, volunteers of america
Laura Palmisano

February is National Therapeutic Recreation Month. Volunteers of America has therapeutic recreation programs for seniors in Montrose and Delta counties. KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to Anne Johnson, a therapeutic specialist, who oversees the program. 

Health Coverage Guide Discusses Colorado Exchange

Nov 21, 2014
Connect for Health Colorado

Open enrollment for Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance exchange, has started. The enrollment period ends Feb. 15.

Connect for Health has health coverage guides across the state that help people navigate the marketplace and buy an insurance plan.

KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to Maria Forster, a health coverage guide for Volunteers of America, about the exchange and the people who are signing up for insurance.  

Hungry senior citizens in Montrose, Delta and San Miguel counties may soon have to tighten their belts even more. Delta County Commissioners learned Monday at their regular meeting that funding for the Meals on Wheels program, which includes meals at senior centers around the area, has been severely impacted by the sequester – a huge hit for a program that was already foundering. KVNF’s Marty Durlin has more.