“Before, I had to depend on my daughter or use the bus, which wasn’t always possible because of my legs and back. Faith in Action has given me my independence back!”
GUIDELINES FOR COMMUNITY NEIGHBORS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Friends in Action is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to offer free services to elderly and disabled residents of Hancock County, so that they can live independently, with dignity and a strong quality of life. Our program is supported by a coalition of community organizations, health care providers, volunteer groups and 10 local churches.
WHOM WE SERVE:
We offer services to older adults (generally those over 60 years old) and adults who are disabled, as well as their caregivers.
There is no charge for our services. We welcome donations. We are funded with individual donations, bequests, small grants, and hold fund raising events. Without adequate funding we will not be able to continue this program.
Services are provided by volunteers, who give of their own time to help others. Volunteers are screened and trained. They are usually not reimbursed for mileage or time. They appreciate your thanks. (If you are a MaineCare recipient, they can receive a mileage reimbursement from WHCA.) They are kind and caring people who want to help their neighbors. They are pledged to keep confidentiality.
Please call our office if you have any problems or do not feel comfortable with a particular volunteer or if you would prefer a different volunteer in the future. We appreciate your input.
We offer a variety of services, depending on availability of volunteers. Services include: transportation, errands, friendly visits, meal delivery, and telephone reassurance. We can also help you find other resources. We sometimes put together teams of volunteers to do chores, yard work, or simple home repairs. (This may take some time to arrange.)
We ask that you sign a simple agreement form to receive volunteer services and that you provide an emergency contact and contingency plan should it be needed while you are with a volunteer.