To the Editor:
We are concerned that the Damariscotta Board of Selectmen and Budget Committee are recommending Damariscotta residents vote to discontinue municipal funding for Spectrum Generations.
This social service agency does many good things, the best known of which is distributing Meals on Wheels to homebound residents of Damariscotta and other Lincoln County communities. Last year Spectrum Generations delivered 1,482 meals, an increase of 29 percent over the previous year, to Damariscotta’s homebound seniors. Our area’s Meal on Wheels program does even more than provide homebound seniors with five nutritious meals per week.
Besides the food, Spectrum’s volunteer drivers provide much needed social contact and interaction as well as informal safety checks with each recipient. Meals on Wheels are delivered to community members regardless of a person’s ability to make a donation towards the meals they receive, making the continuation of municipal support even more critical.
As residents of Damariscotta, we are encouraging our fellow citizens to attend Damariscotta’s June 10 town meeting and to vote in favor of continued funding for social services agencies such as Spectrum Generations, which play a vital role in making sure aging community members can remain independent, in their homes and community.
Sally Johns and Katie McCormick