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e-waste fundraiser benefits Senior Center Sunday

GRANDS hosts event starting 9 a.m.

Posted: January 24, 2010 9:53 p.m.
Updated: January 30, 2010 12:48 p.m.

The GRANDS' 2009 e-waste recycling event raised nearly $2,500 that went towards refurbishing and redecorating projects at the Senior Center. Seen in photo, front center, Corinn Miklosovic, Gerri McCorkle and Jan Fear, along with their many volunteers.

Those aesthetic angels are at it again.

Gerri McCorkle, Jan Fear and Corinn Miklosovic are planning another GRANDS e-waste fundraiser at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center.

"GRANDS" - which stands for "Giving Respect and Nurturing to Deserving Seniors," will hold the special recycling event on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center, located at 22900 Market Street, Newhall 91321.

"Funds collected, generated from the recycling of no-longer-wanted electronic items, will assist in our refurbishing and redecorating efforts throughout the Senior Center," said Gerri McCorkle, a sergeant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. and longtime community member and nonprofit supporter.

McCorkle, whose own daughter Erin has been involved in the Senior Center renovating projects, urges community members to support the Center by donating the following electronics for free recycling:

* Computer monitors, towers and keyboards 
* Laptops
* Fax machines
* Stereo systems
* Mice (plural for computer mouse)
* Speakers
* TV's, plasma screens, CRT and LCD Screens
* Copiers
* Calculators
* Cell phones
* Telephones

Last year's e-waste recycling event brought in nearly $2,500 - money that has helped the GRANDS and its team of volunteers with numerous Senior Center beautification projects. Those endeavors have included painting rooms and murals, new furnishings, décor, artwork and much more.

"The GRANDS have made a significant impact on the comfort and ambience of the Senior Center," said SuzAnn Nelsen, Senior Center director of supportive services. "Just about every room, whether it's our entry, billiards room, activity rooms, adult day care, hallways or patio, the GRANDS have waved their magic wand and made us shine. Their kindness, generosity and hard work are greatly appreciated by all of us."

Money from the e-waste drive will specifically help with furnishing a new addition (soon to be finished) at the Senior Center that is adjacent to the dining area, Jan Fear said.

"We also hope that some nice furniture donations will come in for that room," she added.

The GRANDS are looking for young men who want to do the Eagle Scout Projects through helping with the Senior Center, Fear said.

"We have three storage shed ideas that we want to explore with them. Plus, we might also be able to help them with their funding," she stated.

Some e-waste monies will also be allocated to pay the artist who painted the new murals in the lobby, which include a beautiful oak tree, inspiring mottos and other cheerful scenes, Fear said.

"In addition, a Girl Scout looking to do her Gold Award is in the pipeline, a project that will enhance and enliven the center's cafeteria area. There are also some younger girls looking to complete their Silver Awards and we are turning them on to some landscaping, i.e. improving the front entrance look," Fear said.

Fear's 13-year-old grandson Brett Eckert has eagerly done much of the legwork for the e-waste drive as a leadership endeavor to help enhance his chances of attending the Devil Pups training - then one day, become a Marine officer.

"Brett has taken this project on with gusto and has already arranged for our fork lift, gotten our water donated, arranged food for the volunteers, and has been passing out flyers and recruiting volunteers," his grandmother said.

Eckert, who like many young males his age enjoys football, video games and hanging with friends, said he's very happy to be a part of this mission.

"I think that seniors deserve the best and this is helping move toward that goal," he said.

The e-waste fundraiser was originally the brainchild of GRANDS members last year while touring the Senior Center. After the women shared their concerns about the facility's aged furnishings, paint and overall appearance, they decided to get involved in an "environmental re-do."

Their goal: To rejuvenate the Market Street home-away-from home for many of our valley's seniors and in doing so, brightening everyone's visit.

Through beautifying the Senior Center, the GRANDS have successfully - and intentionally - linked youth and seniors in all of its projects, Fear said.

"We feel we have done a good job in fulfilling that vision by using so many Scouts and others who are interested in community service or in just helping out," Fear said. "It gives them a bit of a perspective outside themselves to help others, especially our seniors."


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