WESTMINSTER -- The Westminster Cares, Inc. Board of Directors met April 9 at the Westminster Firehouse with Pete Harrison, president, presiding. Board members present were: Don Dawson, Reggie Borden, Kathy Elliott, Susan Harlow, Karen Walter, 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 Dawson at 802-722-3607 or visit wecares@sover.net. More information may be found at www.westminstercares.org and on Facebook.

Many hours of assistance was given 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.

In March, 20 different volunteers delivered Meals on Wheels to 18 people on a daily basis. In addition two frozen entrees were delivered to nine people on Fridays for the weekend. Another new "team" of drivers was trained on the route.

During March, seven different volunteers provided rides for nine different people to medical appointments, shopping or programs for a total of 326 miles.


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The community nurse was away during March. Isabelle made one visit and 46 calls to two different Westminster residents for a total of three hours.

Meetings attended by staff in March included: bookkeeping, Gazette, computer/ web site, graphic designer, grant writing and various committees.

Programs during the March included: Two Secrets of Healthy Aging session, five yoga classes, 24 Strength Training classes and four Artist in Each of Us classes. Two volunteers made friendly visits to three seniors.

Walkers, commodes, shower chairs, wheel chairs, hospital beds, scooters and a electric wheelchairs are available. Several pieces of equipment were loaned in March. Currently storage is tight, however transfer benches, a bariatric wheelchair or a power recliner, are needed.

Memorial donations for April were made in memory of Evelyn Rhoades by Myra Ashcroft, Rebecca and William Noyes, Margaret Rhoades Bost and Pete and Judy Harrison.