WESTMINSTER -- The Westminster Cares, Inc. Board of Directors met March 5 at the Westminster Firehouse with Kathy Elliot, co-vice president, presiding. The following board members were present: Don Dawson, Reggie Borden, Heidi Anderson, Susan Harlow, Miriam Lanata, Sally Ryea and Donna Dawson, director.

Westminster Cares creates opportunities for seniors and disabled adults to live with independence and dignity in the community.

Anyone interested in learning more about Westminster Cares, volunteering to deliver meals on wheels or driving neighbors to doctor appointments, working on a committee, making a contribution or attending a workshop may contact Donna Dawson at 802-722-3607 or by e-mail at wecares@sover.net, visit www.westminstercares.org or find Westminster Cares on Facebook.

Many hours of assistance were provided to Westminster residents and their families, collaborating with social service agencies, Senior Solutions, the VA, Friends of Veterans, SEVCA, Red Cross, VCIL, Adult Protective Services and the Visiting Nurses.

Meals on Wheels in February: 21 different volunteers delivered meals throughout the month to 17 people on a daily basis. In addition, nine people receive frozen meals on Fridays for the weekend. One new "team" of drivers were trained on the route.

During February, six different volunteers provided rides for six different people for a total of 204 miles driven. The community nurse made 16 visits to five different homes for a total of 12 hours.

Meetings attended by staff in February included: computer/web site, Windham Cares Group, bookkeeper, Gazette, grant writing, home visits and various board of director’s committee meetings.

Programs during the February included: Two Secrets of Healthy Aging session, three yoga classes, 22 Strength Training classes and four Artist in Each of Us classes.

Two volunteers made friendly visits and in collaboration with Priority Placements, youth to stack wood for a meals-on-wheels recipient.

Walkers, commodes, shower chairs, wheelchairs, hospital beds, scooters and an electric wheel chair are available to loan. Several pieces were loaned out in February. Currently storage is tight, however there is a need for transfer benches, a bariatric wheelchair or a power recliner.

Memorial donations for March: In memory of Richard (Dick) Morse from the Vermont Casket Company.