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JUNIORS HELPING SENIORS

Saturday, May 11, 2002

Starting at 10 a.m.

United Way of Broward County

1300 South Andrews Avenue

Fort Lauderdale

Participants in the Broward Sheriff's Office Civil Citation program are joining forces with Volunteer Broward to conduct free home safety checks of seniors on Saturday. The group will visit the homes of elderly residents in Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Tamarac, Sunrise and Pembroke Pines to determine what safety devices are needed.

The teenagers will receive specialized training during an hour-long workshop starting at 10 a.m. at the United Way building in Fort Lauderdale. After the training session, the group of 15 will take off to install smoke alarms and other safety items in the pre-selected homes. The project is coordinated through Volunteer Broward, which is one of Lowe’s Home Safety for Seniors pilot sites.

The Civil Citation program is a grant-funded diversion program for juvenile misdemeanor offenders. The main goal of the program is to deter first-time offenders from becoming repeat offenders while exposing them to positive alternatives. This community service project also gives youngsters an opportunity to interact and learn some valuable life experiences from some spunky seniors.

For more information about Volunteer Broward, please contact Mrs. Dale Hirsch at (954) 522-6765.

For additional information about the youth participating in the Civil Citation Program, please contact BSO Lt. Robin Larson at (954) 497-1646.

This report by:

Veda Coleman-Wright/ Media Relations

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