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About Care seeks volunteers to help the homebound

About Care seeks volunteers to help the homebound
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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF

 

About Care, a nonprofit serving Chandler and Gilbert, is seeking volunteers to help their neighbors in our community.   

“As the economy still struggles and so many people are affected, About Care would encourage the residents of Chandler, Gilbert and Queen Creek to join us and give of their time and energy to assist many of our neighbors who might not have friends and family close by,” said Beth Summers, manager of volunteer services.

“Maybe you are looking for something wonderful to do with your children or would like to adopt a grandparent,” she added. “There is nothing better for the soul than giving of yourself to people in need.”

The group noted that volunteering can also improve a person’s health.

A recent study by Carnegie Mellon University stated that adults age 50 and over who volunteer regularly are 40 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure.  

  Researchers found that adolescents who volunteered one hour a week improved their cardiovascular and mental health, dialing down cholesterol and body mass index, and increasing levels of empathy and compassion.  

Besides health benefits, “volunteering also helps connect people around a shared purpose and combats social isolation, which is linked to poor physical and mental health,” the group noted.

About Care’s Mission is to deliver caring, compassionate support services using trained volunteers with special concern for the elderly and disabled homebound residents. 

It was created because elderly and disabled residents need help to remain in their homes, meet basic needs, reduce isolation and live with self-respect and dignity while encouraging independence. 

About Care that was founded by Barbara and Buzz Bradley in June 2006 after Barbara realized that there were no services for the homebound in Chandler. 

After creating About Care, the couple expanded service to Gilbert residents as well and expanded into Queen Creek in 2016 with the support of the town and RockPoint Church.

 In a recent needs assessment completed by an independent consulting firm for the City of Chandler, About Care was recognized as one of only two organizations in the assessment summary that are making a difference in the lives of the elder communities they serve.

 About Care’s program also postpones the expense of long-term care.  

The majority of requests to About Care for services are for transportation to medical appointments or procedures.

 About Care also offers transportation for shopping and errands, respite, reassurance phone calls, and minor home repairs. 

 All services are provided without charge by trained and insured volunteers—“compassionate, caring individuals who want to make a difference in someone’s life by offering their time,” the group noted.

We encourage a variety of compassionate and caring individuals to provide support services to our clients. We accept applications from volunteers as young as high school students. 

A brief interview and orientation are required to become a volunteer which can be scheduled at a participant’s convenience. People as young as teenagers can volunteer.

Regular hours of service are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.

In order to ensure the safety of clients,  a background check is conducted on volunteers.

People who don’t have the time to volunteer are encourage to make a tax-deductible donation to About Care. 

    Information: aboutcare.org.

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