Zeigler checks in with seniors

By Fran Gonzalez | Mar 26, 2020
Rep. S. Paige Zeigler, D-Montville.

Montville — Rep. S. Paige Zeigler, D-Montville, is calling seniors in his district to make sure they are OK.

In a conversation with The Republican Journal March 26, Zeigler said it started with a number of concerned legislators thinking about ways to reach out to seniors.

“Like other legislators,” he said, “I have set up a phone bank to check in with seniors in my district (96), which comprises the towns of Belmont, Liberty, Lincolnville, Montville, Morrill, Palermo and Searsmont.”

Zeigler said he put in the parameters of seniors over 60 living in the seven towns he represents and came up with 1,900 individuals. This most likely does not include all people, he said, since some residents just have cellphones, which are not listed on the phone bank.

He asks those he calls if they need any help and offers information about unemployment benefits and links to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He also called Waldo Community Action Partners for information concerning local resources and has kept in contact with Fire Chief Bill Gillespie to get an idea of what is happening in Liberty.

He has tapped people he’s worked with previously in Augusta to help with this volunteer effort and said currently he is on calls for about four hours a day talking with seniors.

“I’m just trying to get the word out to say what’s going on at the state level,” Zeigler said.

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