Millsboro Chimes beneficiary of Knights of Columbus donation

MILLSBORO – Statewide fundraising by The Knights of Columbus’ for people with intellectual disabilities is benefiting clients at Chimes Delaware’s Irv & Phyllis Levin Employment Center in Millsboro.

Knights of Columbus representatives joined Chimes officials July 14 for the presentation of a $1,493.41 check. The donation was Knights of Columbus Star of the Sea Chapter 7297’s share of proceeds from the organization’s annual Tootsie Roll Drive.

The Knights of Columbus Star of the Sea Chapter 7297 made a $14,93.41 donation to Chimes Delaware’s Irv & Phyllis Levin Center on July 14. From left at the check presentation: Bill Drake (Knights of Columbus/Chimes board and foundation member), Kathy Tatman (Chimes coordinator of services/Sussex County), Irv Levin (Chimes board president), Dave Black (director of vocational and day services for Chimes Delaware), John Mahon (Chimes Chief operating officer) and Bob Worthing, Knights of Columbus Grand Knight).

“As a rule, we donate locally. So that money will be used here in Millsboro,” said Knights of Columbus member Bill Drake, a member of Chimes Delaware board and foundation. “Each council uses that money to aid a handicap group in their area. One of donations we make in our area is to Chimes.”

The KOC donation will be used for a project “that is useful to the clients, the people that we serve here,” said Mr. Drake.

That could range from a projector for use in the backroom to facility repair or training materials, said Mr. Drake, whose son, Eddie, is among the 66 clients presently served at the center on U.S. 113.

Chimes Millsboro’s employment services include pre-vocational, supportive and CARES (Community Activities Recreation Exercise) day-habilitation services.

Some clients who go out to work in the community are accompanied by a job coach. Some clients work at the center on various projects for businesses.

“The most important thing is that they have self-worth, that they feel like they are active, that they are doing something that is valuable and they get a paycheck,” said Mr. Drake. “And believe me, on Friday, paycheck is the thing they want. And they are contributors to society, too, because they pay taxes.”

An enrichment group focuses on clients “who basically can’t work, or for some reason or another won’t work. Today they are out on a field trip. I believe they were feeding the geese in the park,” said Mr. Drake.

An outdoor bocce court christened last year at the Levin Center provides activity for enrichment clients.

“We do things to keep their life full,” Mr. Drake said. “They do arts and crafts, but bocce gets them up, gets them active and gives them something that is enjoyable. And it gets them outside.”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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