LETTER: Help seniors cope, volunteer to be an Interfaith Caregiver

To Ozaukee Press:

Imagine, you’re 82 years old, you live alone and you can no longer drive. You have an important doctor’s appointment, but there are no buses, taxis, friends or relatives who can take you. What do you do?

Interfaith Caregivers has been solving that dilemma for seniors in Ozaukee County since 1993. During the past 29 years, our nonprofit organization, with the help of our trained volunteers, has transported thousands of clients to medical appointments, the grocery store and other essential trips—eight hours a day, six days a week.

One in five Ozaukee County residents is 65 or older (2021 U.S. Census data). Caring for our older population, getting them to important appointments and helping reduce isolation among seniors, coupled with a lack of public transportation in the county, creates a huge challenge  that the Interfaith Ozaukee staff and volunteers meet daily.

Here’s a snapshot of how Interfaith served our seniors in 2021. With the help of our generous volunteers, Interfaith Ozaukee: Received 2,972 requests from seniors; provided 7,838 rides, many to multiple destinations; drove a combined total of 41,634 miles.

Volunteers provide all our support services, including driving, calling, friendly visits and respite care. Without them, we would not exist. Who are these volunteers? The majority are adults age 55 and up, and many are retired. But more importantly, they are men and women who enjoy meeting people, serving others and staying busy.

If this describes you, we need your help. We are looking for 25-30 new Interfaith volunteers to provide services for Ozaukee seniors. Adding more volunteers to our ranks will enable us to continue to meet our growing need. If you are retired or near retirement and you enjoy meeting people, helping seniors and driving, we want you. There are no required volunteer hours. You can volunteer on your schedule when it works for you. Please contact us at 262-376-5362 or interfaithoz@gmail.com.

Paul J. Schultz

Executive director

Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee County

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