Helping Those Who Help Others

Caring Corps in need of volunteers

FoothillsCaringCorpBy Kathryn M. Miller ~ When older North Valley neighbors are in need, it is comforting to know that there is an organization, and a team of dedicated volunteers, ready and able to be of service.

Originally established by Father Steven Dart and Gail Simmons, who worked together to develop a Northeast Valley Faith in Action program to help older adults remain living independently in their own homes, and now known as Foothills Caring Corps (FCC), the organization is in its 15th year. It remains dedicated to promoting independence and enhancing the quality of life for older residents throughout the community. They do this through a force of volunteers and staff who deliver services and support that provide access to basic needs such as food, medical care and activities that promote physical, mental and emotional health.
During the 2013-14 year, that volunteer force logged 42,874 hours, and served 740 “neighbors” – but there is always a need for more volunteers, and during the busy holiday season, that need is magnified.

FCC“During the holidays our main focus is getting people to and from their medical appointments, grocery shopping, holiday shopping, getting them to some local activities i.e., concerts; holiday events – including the Carefree Holiday Lights Parade – serving them with hot noon meals through our Mobile Meals program and helping them to plan for their celebrations regardless of big or small for the holidays,” explains Debbra Determan, executive director, Foothills Caring Corps. “FCC has in the past several years planned a holiday gift program where through the generosity of contributors we bring wrapped gifts to some of our neighbors who will be celebrating the holidays alone. Volunteers make a trip out to our neighbor’s homes to give them a gift that will let them know they are loved and appreciated.” |CST

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