Gloucester Rotary Honors Tony Corrao

The Gloucester Rotary has named Tony Corrao as a Paul Harris Fellow, the prestigious award named after the Chicago lawyer who founded Rotary in 1905. Corrao was selected by a committee of previous recipients of the award, and will be honored at a special dinner on Monday, June 27, 2022, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe Square in downtown Gloucester. The social hour will begin at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 6:30pm.

Corrao, perhaps better known as Uncle Tony, was born and raised in West Gloucester. He graduated from Gloucester High School with the Class of 1977, and then spent 3½ years in the Army—serving at NASA’s Space Center in Alabama, Homestead, Florida, and Fort Bragg in North Caroline with the 82nd Airborne Division.

Upon his return to Gloucester, Tony founded Precision Roofing Services of New England in 1984. The company has been an important part of the Cape Ann economy for almost 40 years, providing solid jobs to several generations of laborers. In 2007, Corrao was the recipient of the Northeast Roofing Contractors’ Association President’s Award. After being nominated by his staff, he was named “Best Boss” of the year by the National Certified Contractor’s Network.

Corrao joined the Gloucester Rotary in 2002, and served as its President in 2011-2012. He is an active member of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, working on several key committees and serving two terms on the Board of Directors. Tony is also a longtime member of the Friends of the Rose Baker Senior Center. His reputation as a volunteer is legendary, as is his willingness to put his trucks and his men to work on behalf of the City and numerous community organizations.

Tickets to the Paul Harris Dinner are $53 per person, and may be reserved by contacting event Chair Steve Kaity at 978-879-1051. The dinner is open to the general public, and friends and colleagues of Tony and Joanne, his wife of 25 years, are encouraged to attend.

Gloucester Rotary Polar Plunge for Polio Eradication

The Gloucester Rotary will hold its annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 11am at the Cape Ann Motor Inn on Long Beach, located at 33 Rockport Road in Gloucester. The event is part of Rotary International’s ongoing campaign to eradicate Polio in our lifetime. Dozens of Rotarians, Interact students (formerly known as Junior Rotarians), and friends of Rotary from throughout eastern Massachusetts are expected to plunge into the cold waters off Cape Ann. Since 2010, thousands of individuals and businesses have supported this event, and almost one million dollars has been raised for #EndPolioNow.

The eradication of Polio has been Rotary International’s signature cause since 1988. The organization has teamed up with partners including The Global Poverty Project, The Global Eradication Initiative, The World Health Organization, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since 1988, more than a billion dollars have been raised among Rotary clubs worldwide and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When Rotary International took on the battle against this disease, more than 350,000 people spanning 125 countries were impacted by Polio each year. Today there are two countries left where Polio has not been eradicated—Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2021, there were only five reported cases of wild Polio virus, down from 140 in 2020. Rotary International has committed to raising fifty million dollars in 2022, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match each dollar raised with an additional $2 donation.

Anyone wishing to support the 2022 Gloucester Rotary Polar Plunge may make a donation to the #EndPolioNow campaign online at www.gloucesterrotary.org. Information about participating in the Polar Plunge can also be found on the website.

More information about the Gloucester Rotary is available online at www.gloucesterrotary.org and www.facebook.com/RotaryGloucesterMA. To learn more about the history of Polio and the current status of #EndPolioNow, please visit www.endpolio.org.

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

SeniorCare’s Annual Valentines Breakfast Fundraiser Goes Virtual

SeniorCare Inc. will hold its annual Valentine’s Day Breakfast Fundraiser online in 2022.  Between now and February 14, donors can provide a local homebound elder with a Valentine, while providing critical financial support to the Meals on Wheels home-delivered meals program. On February 14, a special video photo montage will be posted showing images from past breakfasts held at The Gloucester House in downtown Gloucester.

SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program brings a daily meal to the door of homebound elders, Monday through Friday. Menus are designed by nutrition experts to meet the needs of older adults and are prepared by a professional caterer.  In addition, homebound elders have a daily interaction with the delivery team—sometimes their only human contact that day.  SeniorCare serves lunch to more than 700 elders each day through the home-delivered meals program.  Annually, this means 182,000 meals served throughout SeniorCare’s service area of Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester by the Sea, Rockport, Topsfield, and Wenham. Since the start of the pandemic, SeniorCare has seen a 25% increase in Meals on Wheels recipients, while rising food, paper, and labor costs have significantly increased the cost of each meal delivered.

To donate to SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program, please go to www.seniorcareinc.org/2022unbreakfast.

For more information about Meals on Wheels and the broad range of services offered by SeniorCare, call 978-281-1750 or visit www.seniorcareinc.org.

About SeniorCare

SeniorCare Inc. serves an area that represents more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over.  We provide services to adults with disabilities and elders in nine North Shore communities. Established in 1972, SeniorCare has approximately 100 employees and nearly 400 volunteers. The volunteers and staff work to fulfill its mission coordinating services to elders, allowing them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice, while remaining part of their community.

Free Farmers’ Market Coupons

Receive $25 in coupons to buy fresh produce at the Cape Ann Farmers Market

SeniorCare and the Gloucester Council on Aging will be distributing 2021 SNFMP Farmers’ Market Coupons to eligible seniors.

SeniorCare is also working with our other eight Council on Agings to bring the SFMNP to our entire area of service.
Please contact your local Council on Aging for more information.

Date: Wednesday, July 21st

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am 

Locations: Community Room @ McPherson Park, Lincoln Park, Poplar Park, Sheedy Park, and Curtis Clark Building

Qualifications:
1) over 60 years of age and
2) have an annual income less than $23,828 (1,986/monthly) for a household of one and $32,227 ($2686/monthly) for a household of two.  

SeniorCare will also have a table with coupons at the Farmers’ Market at Harbor Loop on Thursday, July 15, 22, & 29 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm.  

If you have any questions regarding the coupons, please call SeniorCare’s Nutrition Department at 978-281-1750.

The Seniors on the Go bus will be providing transportation to the Cape Ann Farmers Market, reserve your seat by 1pm the day before, 978-283-7916. 


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)    mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3)     email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Month

June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month and June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. SeniorCare Inc. and several non-profit and civic organizations are holding special “Rolling Rallies” throughout the North Shore to increase awareness of this growing issue in our society.

10,000 people turn 65 in the US every day. This trend is going to continue for the next 20 years. Our demographics are shifting, and we now have more older people in the US than ever before. At the same time that the population is growing, we know that a startling number of older Americans face abusive situations. Every year an estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported. In addition, it is believed that the situation has worsened during the pandemic with the need for social distancing.

Elder abuse and neglect and take on various forms. It can be physical, emotional/verbal, sexual, financial, neglect by a caregiver, or self-neglect. Elder abuse can occur anywhere – in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races.

If you suspect abuse or self-neglect, don’t assume that someone has already reported it. In cases of immediate danger call 911. Otherwise, you can the Massachusetts Elder Abuse Hotline at 800-922-2275.

SeniorCare, the Gloucester Council on Aging, and the Gloucester Police Department are holding a Rolling Rally to increase awareness of Elder Abuse this year. The rally will take place on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, and will begin at the former Friendly’s parking lot, 224 Washington Street in Gloucester, at 1pm.

Concerned citizens are invited to participate in this rally, and help to bring light to the horrendous crime of elder abuse. Decorate your car, bring your noise makers and come to the 224 Washington Street by 1pm on June 15 to join the rally and to show your support!  Road rally participants will be escorted through the City by the Gloucester Police Department.

In addition to the rolling rally, Gloucester City Hall will be illuminated in purple on June 15 in recognition of the issue of elder abuse.

SeniorCare is committed to identifying and stopping Elder Abuse!

Volunteer Drivers Needed!

SeniorCare’s Volunteer Medical Transportation Program needs Volunteer Drivers in Beverly, Gloucester, Rockport and Topsfield to drive elders who live in your community to and from their out-of-town essential medical appointments. Appointments occur during the day, Monday-Friday typically between 8am – 4pm. Commitment is flexible – you let us know when you are available. COVID Safety Protocols are in place and training is provided. Please contact SeniorCare to learn about how you can sign up and get started with helping elders in your community. RSVP@Seniorcareinc.org or 978-281-1750 x568

Volunteers Needed!

SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers in Gloucester, Essex, Manchester and Ipswich to deliver noon-time meals to elders who live in your community. Meals are delivered 10am – Noon, Monday-Friday. If you have two hours to give one or two mornings each week, please let us know. COVID Safety Protocols are in place and training is provided. Please contact SeniorCare to learn about how you can sign up and get started. RSVP@Seniorcareinc.org or 978-281-1750 x568

Seniors Farmers Market Coupons (2020)

Seniors are invited this summer to participate in the Massachusetts Farmers Market Nutrition Program– hosted by SeniorCare Inc. and your local Council on Aging. Due to COVID-19, instead of issuing Farmers Market Coupons, Seniors will be provided with bags filled with a variety of fresh produce from local farms. Eligible seniors will receive two bags of fresh produce each valued at $12.50. The first bag will be distributed during the months of July or August. A second bag will be distributed in August or September approximately 14-30 days from receipt of the first bag for a total value of $25.00 in fresh produce.

To be eligible, participants must be 60 years of age or older and have a monthly income below $1,968.00 for one (1) person and $2,658.00 for two (2) people.

To register or for more information contact your local Council on Aging. (click here for list of participating Councils on Aging) Participation is limited and based on a first-come, first-served basis, per person.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.

To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov

SeniorCare Inc. is an equal opportunity provider.

A Night at the Races Fundraiser

The Gloucester Rotary Club invites the public to attend “A Night at the Races,” their FUNdraising event on Friday, March 20, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe’s Wharf in Gloucester. Doors open at 6:30 pm. All proceeds from this event will support local and international programs of the Gloucester Rotary.

A Night at the Races promises to be a fun-filled evening for adults with all the suspense and excitement of being at the racetrack. High quality, video-taped horse races are narrated from start to finish by lively announcers. During the evening there will be complimentary hors d’oeuvre, a cash bar, and variety of raffles. At various points during the evening, betters will be able to use their winnings to bid on merchandise and services that have been donated for the event. For the most fun, reserve a table – bring a group. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased in advance online at https://gloucesterrotary.org/page/night-at-the-races or at the door.

46th Annual SeniorCare Valentine’s Day Breakfast Fundraiser Breakfast

SeniorCare Inc.will hold its annual Valentine’s Day Breakfast Fundraiser Breakfast at The Gloucester House, located 63 Rogers Street in downtown Gloucester on Friday, February 14, 2020, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  Tickets are $15 per person and include a buffet breakfast. Tickets are available online at www.seniorcareinc.org or may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program.

SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program brings a daily meal right to the door of homebound elders, Monday through Friday. Menus are designed by nutrition experts to meet the needs of older adults and are prepared by a professional caterer.  In addition, homebound elders have a daily interaction with the delivery team—sometimes their only human contact that day.  SeniorCare serves lunch to more than 550 elders each day through the home-delivered meals program (Meals on Wheels) and the community dining program.  Annually, this means 175,000 meals served throughout SeniorCare’s service area of Beverly, Gloucester, Ipswich, Rockport, Topsfield, Essex, Manchester, Hamilton, and Wenham.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Breakfast are available at a variety of price points. For information about the breakfast or to become a sponsor, contact Paula Curley at 978-281-1750 x-560 or paula.curley@seniorcareinc.org.