Fern Price has been participating in the Blair County Senior Olympics, hosted by Blair Senior Services, Inc., since 2001. An avid lover of sports his entire life, Fern decided the Senior Olympics was the perfect opportunity for him.
After a few years of participating, Fern decided to become a volunteer and chair several events for the Senior Olympics. “I’ve chaired multiple events in my time with the Senior Olympics, but most recently I’ve chaired the Homerun Derby, Archery, Shuffleboard, and the Bean Bag Toss,” shared Fern.
Fern’s main responsibility as a Chairperson is to monitor the safety of the individuals participating, the weather, and keeping score of the events. To Fern, the most important part of the games are the people. “I come back to the games each year because of the people,” said Fern. “It’s not about the medals you win… it’s the people that you meet. There are so many nice people in the Senior Olympics.”
Fern also shared that being a chairperson has allowed him to see many people’s success. “It’s so much fun to see somebody come in as a newcomer, and then you see how happy they are to still hit a ball at their age… it just makes your day!” Fern explained.
“My advice to anyone who is curious about the Senior Olympics is to go for it! You’re not going to be disappointed with the things that you do or the wonderful people you will meet,” Fern shared.
For more information on the 2020 Blair County Senior Olympics, please visit www.blairsenior.org or call Chelsey Rhodes at (814) 946-1235.
Chelsey Rhodes has worked with Blair Senior Services, Inc. for seven years. Currently, Chelsey’s title is Home Delivered Meals Program Supervisor, but she also oversees many other programs and services.
“I oversee the production kitchen that makes the meals for the Home Delivered Meals Program as well as the congregate meals served at all the senior centers,” Chelsey explained. “I also oversee the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, Farmer’s Market voucher distribution, as well as the Senior Olympics.”
Chelsey enjoys all of the programs she supervises, as it gives her the opportunity to get out into the community she loves. “I think the position I’m in now, with all of the different programs I supervise, it allows me to constantly be in the community interacting with seniors and their families,” shared Chelsey.
Among all of the programs that Chelsey oversees, she has been able to meet many different people who have each impacted her life. “Blair Senior Services, Inc. hires staff and volunteers who are so passionate and are a good fit for our agency. That’s what keeps me coming back, a great work environment with great staff and volunteers,” said Chelsey. “However, finding volunteers can be a challenge, especially for the Home Delivered Meals Program. We’re so lucky to have our great group of dedicated volunteers, but there is always a need for more as our region continues to age.” For more information on how you can become a Home Delivered Meals Program volunteer, please contact Chelsey Rhodes at (814) 946-1235 or visit www.blairsenior.org.