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What We Do

We try to provide whatever services members need for which we can find volunteers.   The chart shows the percent of each category of service we delivered in a recent typical week.  In 2012 we provided more than 1500 services, and 2014 and 2015 we provided about 2200 services per year, by 2016 we are providing more than 2500 services per year.

Here is what we did in one recent, busy week:  we took dozens of seniors to medical appointments; took several seniors grocery shopping; changed screen doors and installed air conditioners; helped a blind member with his mail; made a friendly visit to a housebound senior; took an elderly lady who lives alone to get her hair done; paid a friendly visit to a member with age-related dementia so his wife could run some errands without worry; took one elderly member to visit her sister, and another to visit his wife in local nursing homes; took several seniors to rehab appointments;  fertilized 4 rosebushes for a member with disabling back arthritis and unable to bend over to do it herself; clipped back some avidly growing ivy for a senior disabled by emphysema; took a non-driving senior for cancer treatments in Hyannis; picked up needed medication for senior just back from rehab with 2 new knees; moved small rugs for an 88 year old member, relit her pilot light and showed her how to work her cell phone; took a screen to be repaired and re-installed it and more! 
Most requests are for transportation. This includes rides to doctors, shopping, yoga classes, the library, the hairdresser or barber shop and a variety of other destinations. We also help members with shopping and occasionally run errands, such as picking up a prescription. 

The next most frequent request is for “handyman” services. We will install and remove screen doors, move air conditioners into windows in the spring or remove them in the fall, change hard to reach light bulbs, install shower curtains,and so on.

Social visits with housebound or elderly members are also needed.  Office help is sometimes requested.  This may involve organizing papers or reading mail.

We sometimes just spend time with a member, going on local excursions, reading to them, or occasionally providing respite for a spouse that is the primary caregiver.  One volunteer regularly goes out to lunch with a member because they enjoy each other’s company.