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$20,000 donated to Area Agency on Aging

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A new case worker will help some Joplin senior citizens on the road to recovery after the May tornado.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks presented a $20,800 check to the Area Agency on Aging.  The grant was given today at Joplin's Senior Center.

Organization workers say it's important to fund a case worker for senior citizens who have some unique needs.

"They may have different medical issues, they are not necessarily dealing with little children, some maybe raising grandchildren, so just helping them find the resources," says Michelle Ducre of the Community Foundation.  "It may be finding housing, it may be 'hey, I just need help with someone taking me to medical appointments.'"

"Some of these senior citizens don't have family to help them," says Joplin resident Judy Coburn.  "Myself, I feel like I need to ask my sons or somebody about things."

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has awarded more $2 million in grants to agencies either directly affected by the tornado, or those providing services to survivors.

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