A message from the Executive Director:
“Enabling Seniors, including those with limited mobility, to remain independent in their own homes”
This is the simple, yet very important mission of Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee County. Interfaith Ozaukee would not be able to accomplish this mission if it were not for our many generous community volunteers who give freely of their time to assist our seniors in need.
At first glance, the free services Interfaith Ozaukee volunteers provide to our seniors in many respects seem rather modest. Yet, these everyday tasks that you and I often take for granted, can mean the difference between a senior residing comfortably and safely in their own home, or necessitating a move into an all too often cold and costly institutional setting.
As we know and see all around us, our senior population continues to grow, and so does the need for volunteers to provide these simple yet incredibly important services.
If you are looking to make a positive and impactful difference in someone’s life, Interfaith Ozaukee is looking for you.
Ways you can help!
– Transportation: Utilizing an Interfaith Ozaukee provided van (or your own personal vehicle) to drive a senior to a vital medical appointment, grocery store, pharmacy or bank – the necessary errands of everyday life.
– Companionship: Visits that help our seniors avoid the social isolation that all too often accompanies aging. Play a card game, watch a movie together, or just talk. You’d be amazed by what you can learn about them…and yourself!
– Friendly Phone Calls: Kind of like being a Pen Pal! You could periodically call a senior or two just to keep in touch.
– Respite Visits: Spend some time with a senior to allow their around-the-clock caregivers to have an occasional break. We all could use a break now and again, right?
The Seniors of Ozaukee County may be our family, our friends, or our neighbors, and they are a very important part of the social fabric of our community. There is never a commitment when volunteering with Interfaith Ozaukee, so whether you volunteer an hour a day, an hour a week, or an hour a month, any amount of time you have to donate is truly appreciated. Who knows, you may end up like many of our volunteers wondering why they didn’t begin volunteering sooner!
–Paul J. Schultz, NHA Executive Director