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Faith in Action Georgetown is stepping up to meet the expected demands of mail-in voting for their current clients. In an effort to help with those still leery of crowded spaces during COVID-19, Faith in Action is offering mail-in application assistance, ballot assistance and transportation to polls and drop off ballot delivery.
“We understand how difficult it is right now for our senior population to get out, especially if they already have transportation limitations,” said Vickie Orcutt, Executive Director of Faith in Action. “Our goal is always to serve our seniors in a way that supports their quality of life and independence. And this is one very important way we can do that.”
Orcutt has worked closely with Williamson County Elections office to comply with state regulations surrounding application and ballot assistance. Clients will receive either staff or volunteer assistance to complete the application, which has very small print and specific rules for witnessing a signature or assisting with completion. Clients can also receive assistance filling out their ballot, but Orcutt stresses the importance of non-partisan help.
“It’s not our job to tell anyone how to vote,” she said. “We are here simply to help in completing what can be for some a very difficult and complicated process.”
Once filled out, the organization is also providing transportation for seniors to drop off ballots at the Williams County Elections office, as most of Faith in Action’s clientele are unable to transport themselves.
For the last 19 years, Faith in Action has provided supportive services to seniors in Georgetown who no longer drive. During COVID, the organization introduced its Buddy Program, whereby a volunteer was paired with a client in need of social connection. Faith in Action while working remotely also assisted with online grocery ordering and medically necessary rides. As they return to services, clients and volunteers alike are eager to pick up where they left off, resulting in a wait list for services.
“We have been very encouraged by the response since we relaunched rides about a month ago,” said Orcutt. “What we need now are volunteers, so if anyone is ready to serve their community in a safe and physically distanced way, give us a call! We could use you!”
Mail-in voting assistance is available to current clients only. To learn more about Faith in Action or to participate in any of their services, visit their website at www.FaithInActionGT.org or call 512-868-9544.