By The Active Age | February 5, 2021

Voters League starts pen pal program, blood drive

Usually focused on elections, the League of Women Voters Wicita Metro chapter is launching a different kind of campaign — a pen pal program to relieve isolation related to the pandemic.

The idea is to reach home-bound individuals with little or no access to companionship due to COVID-19 precautions. The league hopes to find at least 100 residents who’d enjoy receiving monthly notes, which will be written by league members.

If you or someone you know would like a pen pal, call 316-573-5583. There is no charge. Note cards and postage will be provided for a year along with information on resources through a grant from the Kansas Leadership Center.

The league is also urging residents to donate blood, since those donations have decreased dramatically over the last year. A person who’s fully recovered from a verified COVID-19 diagnosis can help up to four coronavirus patients with a donation of convalescent plasma.

For more information, contact the Red Cross at 800-733-2767.

Tax services offered

Tax services will be offered at the Downtown Senior Center this year, although it will look different than previously. Right now, the plan is operate a “drop-off” service. To request a tax appointment, dial 2-1-1, a community services line operated by the United Way. The Park City Senior Center also plans to offer tax services, with details still to be worked out.

CPAAA wants your input

Central Plains Area Agency on Aging (CPAAA) is seeking residents’ help to plan for future services in Butler, Harvey, and Sedgwick counties. Adults 55 and older as well as caregivers to older adults, along with professionals, are asked to provide input on support services not currently available or that might be needed in the future. 

This planning effort is done every five years. To take the survey, visit by Feb. 28th, 2021. To complete the survey with a CPAAA representative over the phone, please call 1-855-200-2372.