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April 26, 2019

4/3/2019 12:47:00 PM
Faith in Action volunteers fill in the gaps
By Theresa Eclov, Executive Director Faith in Action for Cass County

Two or three times each week Faith in Action Volunteer Caryl leaves home in her car to pick up a neighbor in the Backus or Pine River area and drive them to a doctor's appointment or chemo or rehab. Some volunteers drive once or twice a month. Other volunteers regularly take people grocery shopping, visit, or deliver meals on wheels. Caryl notes that she has been very busy this winter

"It's no surprise that volunteers are busy just now," stated Faith in Action Director Theresa Eclov. "The growing numbers of people calling for services - from 65 in January 2016, to 93 in February 2019 - shows that people have heard about Faith in Action and are comfortable calling for our volunteers." With around 25% of its population aged 65 and better, Cass County sees many people who retire here and may not have nearby family support. Without any kind of public transit or even taxi services, they struggle to get their groceries or prescription filled, or to a doctor's appointments. Many people are on fixed incomes and many have mobility problems. There are no income or age restrictions and no fees. Faith in Action Volunteers are glad to fill in the gaps in services lacking in our area.

A locally supported, nonprofit charitable organization, Faith in Action for Cass County coordinates volunteers who provide nonmedical, neighborly assistance to seniors, the disabled, and people in need throughout Cass County. Faith in Action volunteers help with transportation, friendly visiting, respite for caregivers, light homemaking and chores, and basic home repair, and they build accessibility ramps. "Your friendly volunteers are life savers!" stated a woman in the Hackensack area. Volunteers receive much more than scheduling coordination and recognition. It's all about making new friends and the smiles and joy of helping others.

In 2018, 104 Faith in Action volunteers assisted 278 people, providing 2,670 rides, contributing over 6,986 hours and driving over 129,800 miles. They filled on average 203 requests each month.

If you have a little free time once in a while and would like to be a "Compassionate Volunteer Helping People In Need", consider sharing your gifts and talents by becoming a community volunteer with Faith in Action. Faith in Action offers new volunteer training sessions every 4 to 6 weeks.

For more information about Faith in Action volunteer services or volunteer opportunities call 218-675-5435 or email Faith in Action is "Neighbors Helping Neighbors."

Bill Hansen Realty

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