On May 18, 24 people who have been volunteers for CCDC Cares met for lunch, camaraderie and conversation with Judy Pond and our own Charlie Buell from “Aging in Place-Norwich.” The dialog was interesting and informative. Some new thoughts about different ways to meet short-term needs of parishioners were discussed based on the Norwich experience.
Some ideas included perhaps having a Service Day or two during the year where people who want some help could depend on a cadre of volunteers to be available on a given day; asking willing teens to partner with any member of the Congregation who might want some ongoing computer advice—perhaps as a tutorial—or as someone they could call with just any question—simple to the teen, not so simple to the struggling Senior (or other); asking members of the Congregation what specific skills they might offer—such as providing an occasional meal, simple mending or window washing or a ride to the Coop or to an appointment, etc. You get the idea. Having a list of chores people are able and willing to do might trigger an “Aha” moment for you who think you don’t have any needs. These were just a few of the things discussed. You yourself may have some thoughts about how best to meet the short-term needs of others—and also, how to encourage people to ask for help. If so, I would love to hear from you either by e mail or by phone or maybe over a cup of coffee.
CCDC Cares will continue over the summer and will gear up once again in the Fall with hopefully the same volunteers as well as some new ones who might want to be added to the list.
Remember that asking for help and receiving help is a two way street. Both the giver and the receiver are rewarded. If you would like to be in touch to be a receiver or a giver, be in touch with me or e mail or call Amy Stringer at (802)649)-2609, or the Church office at 643-3150. Happy Summer!!