Who is Interfaith Caregivers?
We are a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide voluntary supportive services to senior citizens, including those with limited mobility. Our goal is to help our clients maintain an independent lifestyle.
How long has Interfaith been in existence?
Interfaith began in Ozaukee County in 1993. The Interfaith movement was started in the late 1980s by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, created from a well-researched, proven methodology. Hundreds of Interfaith organizations were established across the country. For over 22 years, Interfaith Caregiver Volunteers have provided free services to those in need within the Ozaukee community.
How is Interfaith supported financially?
Through congregational, community, business and individual contributions, and grants. Yearly successful fundraising events and volunteer appreciation efforts are hosted to promote and support ongoing programs. Additionally, Interfaith Ozaukee is supported by various private foundations, the Ozaukee County Lions Club, the Volunteer Center of Ozaukee County, and more than 50 local congregations of various faiths. These supporters regard Interfaith Ozaukee as a trusted and reliable resource in the community. We have a communications strategy in place to continually inform and engage these resources and seek continuous partnerships for volunteer recruitment and other support.
Who does Interfaith serve?
We serve seniors living in Ozaukee County. We help regardless of race, religious belief or economic status. Those in need do not have to be a member of a congregation to receive service.
What services does Interfaith provide?
Transportation, shopping, friendly visits and reassurance phone calls, help with paperwork and bills, and non-medical respite care.
Are there any volunteer requirements?
All that’s required is a genuine concern to help others. We thoroughly screen our volunteers and ask that new volunteers attend a training/orientation session.
If I decide to volunteer, how often must I be available?
We are very flexible—our volunteers help when THEY are available. Volunteers choose whether they prefer to assist clients on a regular basis or just help on an as-needed basis.
How far in advance are volunteers notified of a need?
We ask our clients to give us a minimum three day notice for in county requests and 7 business days notice for out of county and wheelchair van request, so that we may pass along that courtesy to the volunteers.
Do Interfaith volunteers provide transportation services outside the county?
Yes, we often get requests from clients for a ride to doctor’s offices or clinics in Milwaukee and Washington Counties.