Interfaith Caregivers coordinates help for seniors & adults with disabilities to stay independent. Our volunteers provide help at no charge.

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Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County coordinates volunteers to provide rides, visits, chores and other services to seniors and adults with disabilities. There are many 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:

  • A man gets rides to and from dialysis three days a week; a distance of 48 miles!
  • Volunteers rake a yard full of leaves for a man who'll soon celebrate his 100th birthday.
  • A volunteer drives a woman to enjoy weekly visits with her husband at the local nursing home.
  • Nine seniors get monthly food boxes delivered to them by a volunteer who drives a 45 mile route.

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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 like part-time staff, phone service, insurance, and rent, volunteer background checks and orientation, postage, supplies, and other expenses.

In 2013, our volunteers, friends, clients and their families are generous supporters of our efforts (65% of our funding). We receive donations from churches, service groups, businesses and fundraisers (17%). United Way and local and regional foundations also support our work to help our neighbors (18%). In 2013 donations totaled $175,310.

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Generous donations allow us to recruit more volunteers to assist more clients:

  • We arrange rides for two ladies to do their grocery shopping every Thursday.
  • A man newly diagnosed with cancer gets daily rides to radiation treatments.
  • A young man with developmental disabilities has a volunteer call or visit every week.
  • We clean and do errands for a man who uses a wheelchair.

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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!

During 2013, Interfaith Caregivers assisted 532 clients! Our 177 vetted volunteers have driven 101,781 miles and donated 10,475 hours to help their neighbors with rides, visits, chores and other services at no charge.

Yet the most important things are building a relationshipsharing time and storiessmiles and hugsknowing 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".

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During 2013, our 177 volunteers drove:

  • 9,670 miles to get people to their cancer treatments, often to Wyoming or Maplewood, MN or to New Richmond WI.
  • 2,002 miles to take clients to dialysis treatments.
  • A total of 31,941 miles for rides to get clients to other needed medical services.
  • Volunteers drove 34,252 miles to give people access to food, banking,errands, voting, counseling, and other non-medical services.
  • Plus, they drove a total of 14,062 miles to provide services in client's homes, like friendly visits, chores, cleaning, respite care, delivery of library books and food boxes and other services.

Join us in giving the gift of independence to neighbors in need in rural Polk County is northwest WI.

To learn more; www.interfaithpolk.org

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