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Alton-area volunteers sought for Caregivers


by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
April 02, 2014
ALTON — Caregivers of Southern Carroll County and Vicinity, Inc. has been around for 30 years, and the group is desperately seeking volunteers for the Alton area.

The mission statement of Caregivers is: "An interfaith volunteer coalition, offers short-term, non-emergency volunteer services such as local transportation and out of town transportation for medical appointments. These are provided without charge to members of the communities of Alton, Ossipee, Tuftonboro, and Wolfeboro to enable them to remain in their own homes as long as possible."

Shirley Bentley, one of the coordinators for the all-volunteer program, said volunteers are needed to drive people to medical appointments, admission to hospitals and other trips.

She said volunteers typically pick people up at their homes and then drive them to Huggins Hospital, Wentworth Douglass Hospital or sometimes to Dartmouth or another local area hospital.

Bentley said getting volunteers in Alton hasn't been a problem in the past, but right now she is very short and doesn't want to overuse the volunteers that are currently driving for the organization. She said last week people in town needed a total of 14 trips.

Typically, volunteers drive people to appointments Monday through Friday, but there are occasional trips on Saturdays.

Anyone interested in volunteering for Caregivers can call 569-6780 to sign up. The organization is a 501(c)(3) and donations are accepted.

Anyone that is in need of transportation can call the above number Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and at least 48 hours notice is needed.

This past March, the voters of Alton voted to support the organization and approved donating $2,000 to the organization. It received the most votes of any of the 47 articles on the town warrant.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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