LEWISTON – The litigation law firm of Laskoff and Associates has implemented a “Casual Day” program, which enables its employees to dress casually on Friday of each week in exchange for a $1 donation.

When the amount collected reaches $50, one participant’s name is drawn and the “winner” is allowed to pick the charity to which the amount is donated.

During the first week of February, Sharon Nelson’s name was drawn, and she requested that a donation be made to the Catholic Charities Maine SEARCH program.

“We thank Sharon for choosing to help elderly people this time,” said SEARCH program manager Phoebe Lowell. “We are grateful to join the 30 other organizations that have received donations from this community-minded staff. The funds will be used to purchase taxi rides for our elderly clients, who have no other way to get to doctors’ appointments and grocery stores.”

SEARCH stands for Seek Elderly Alone, Renew Courage and Hope. Its mission is to enable frail, vulnerable elderly and those with disabilities to remain independent and in their own homes for as long as possible.

SEARCH is looking for interested persons of all ages and religious denominations who would like to be a friendly telephone caller, visitor or part-time helper for an elderly person in Androscoggin County.

For more information about becoming a short-term or longer-term SEARCH volunteer or to refer someone as a client, call the program office at 784-0157.

Donations from individuals, businesses and civic groups are always encouraged and may be sent to SEARCH, 15 Westminster St., Lewiston, ME 04240.


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