President Esther Elkin and Vice President Dick Elkin, founding directors of Nauset Neighbors, have stepped down as officers of the organization that serves seniors on the Lower and Outer Cape.The Board has elected Pat Zeiss as President and Lisa Thimas as Vice President to replace them. Esther Elkin, who was chair of the nominating committee, said "Pat and Lisa will make excellent leaders for Nauset Neighbors. As an all-volunteer organization, we have always been concerned about sustainability. That is why we wrote term limits into our bylaws. We have a wonderful board, and fresh ideas will make the organization stronger in the future." Esther and Dick will remain on the Board of Directors for one more year until their current terms expire.
Nauset Neighbors was founded in 2010 as a long term volunteer project of Nauset Newcomers. Its goal is to help seniors stay in their homes and communities as they age. The organization began delivering services to thirty-seven members in four towns in early 2011 and now has over two hundred members. It serves the six towns on the lower and outer cape of Chatham, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet. Two hundred eighty volunteers provide more than two thousand services a year to seniors.
Nauset Neighbors provides rides to medical appointments, shopping, hair dressers, as well as handyman services, tech support, help with paperwork and mail, friendly visits, and much more, all on a volunteer basis.