EVA MORGAREIDGE

Daily Point of Light # 1796 Dec 21, 2000

Eva Morgareidge retired from AT&T in 1993 and become a star volunteer with the Central Wyoming Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. She had to work through the death of her husband and her hope was to make a difference in people’s lives. When she presented to the Volunteer Program, she had no previous volunteer experience. Today, her “volunteer resume” would be quite full.

Morgareidge dedicates her service primarily to the area of human needs. She addresses critical community concerns of health and education. She is an expert at paperwork; and her expertise is utilized, especially in the area of completing government forms. She aids many people who are low-income, elderly, and disabled to receive much needed assistance. Most of the people may miss out on the opportunities afforded them because they are not able to correctly fill out their forms. She also works with first graders at Oregon Trail Elementary school so they can improve their reading levels.

Morgareidge also serves in a volunteer program that helps the low-income, elderly, and disabled. This Wyoming program assists the participants in receiving a tax refund as well as partial exemption of sales tax and property tax along with utility relief. Another program she works with is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). Annually, this service gives aid to over 300 clients per year. Housed at the Central Wyoming Senior Services, VITA seniors help other seniors fill out their income tax forms.

She is one of few trained, certified insurance counselors in the state of Wyoming. She makes herself available to people understand all their insurance policies. When they experience a loss, she is also available and gives assistance in filing claims. Along with insurance services, she is active in the area of health. Morgareidge coordinates and organized blood drives and volunteers for Natrona County Public Health during flu shot season. She also works with Medicare Part B, which enables qualified recipients to get the flu shot free. In addition to that, she trains new volunteers in this area to assist more of the population.

Her time is also shared with the Central Wyoming Hospice and her local church. The Hospice provides medical and nursing care to persons in their last stages of life. Bereavement care is also available for the families in need. She answers the phone, responds to memorial donations, and updated the computer mailing list at the center also. She helps out in the office and her church and also assists with providing food for funeral repasts.

Morgareidge has recently become a volunteer, but her time of service was been exemplary. She stays abreast of new developments, especially in the area of training and is always looking for an opportunity to serve. Rural areas in Wyoming are sometimes great distances away – 100 to 200 miles – but Eva will travel to work and to learn how to better assist those in need.

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