Interfaith Caregivers coordinates help for seniors & adults with disabilities to stay independent. Our volunteers provide help at no charge.
Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County coordinates volunteers to provide rides, visits, chores and other services to seniors and adults with disabilities or chronic illnesses. We have many stories to tell of people that need your help to stay independent and living at home. These are feisty seniors and disabled adults who want to “age in place”. With a little help from you:
We coordinate services at no charge to our clients. There are no income requirements to receive our services. Our volunteers donate their time and miles.
But there are costs to provide this community outreach program like part-time staff, phone service, insurance, and rent, volunteer background checks and orientation, postage, supplies, and other expenses.
In 2012 our volunteers, friends, clients and their families are generous supporters of our efforts (55% of our funding). We receive donations from churches, service groups, businesses and fundraisers (14%). United Way and local and regional foundations also support our work to help our neighbors (30%). In 2012 donations totaled $146,263.
Generous donations allow us to recruit more volunteers to assist more clients:
According to AARP, "Eighty percent of seniors say they want to stay in their own homes as they grow older."
Think of a frail, elderly person you know or someone with a chronic illness. Maybe it is someone like your mother, your grandpa, or your disabled neighbor. They are comfortable in their own home or apartment. They wish to remain independent and involved their community. Interfaith Caregivers helps them do that!
As of October 31, 2013, Interfaith Caregivers has assisted 490 clients! Our 171 volunteers have driven 91,305 miles and donated 8,276 hours to help their neighbors with rides, visits, chores and other services at no charge.
Yet the most important things are building a relationship… sharing time and stories… smiles and hugs…knowing that someone else cares. Interfaith volunteers and clients often develop friendships which last years.
We are the local contact for family members that live and work far away. Sometimes we are someone’s only "family".
So far in 2013, our 171 volunteers drove:
Join us in giving the gift of independence to neighbors in need.
To learn more; www.interfaithpolk.org