WESTMINSTER -- The Westminster Cares, Inc. Board of Directors met June 4 at the Westminster Firehouse with President Pete Harrison presiding. The following board members were present: Don Dawson, Reggie Borden, Kathy Elliott, Heidi Anderson, Karen Walter, Sally Ryea and Director Donna Dawson.

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 wecares@sover.net. Visit www.westminstercares.org and "like" us on Facebook.

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

Twenty-four different Westminster Cares volunteers delivered Meals on Wheels during May to 18 people on a daily basis. In addition two frozen entrees were delivered to nine people on Fridays for the weekend. Two new meals on wheels driver began in June.

During May, three different volunteers provided six rides for three different people to medical appointments, shopping or programs for a total of 50 miles.


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During May, the community nurse made six visits to three different seniors for medication management and foot care. She attended Senior Lunch in May for blood pressure checks.

Meetings attended by staff in May included: bookkeeping, Windham Cares Group, Gazette, computer/ web site, graphic designer, grant writing, senior lunch and various committees including Garden Tour.

Programs during May included: Two Secrets of Healthy Aging sessions, three yoga classes, 22 Strength Training classes and four Artist in Each of Us classes. Four volunteers made friendly visits to five seniors. Walkers, commodes, shower chairs, wheelchairs, hospital beds, scooters and an electric wheel chair are available.

Several pieces of equipment were donated to Guilford Cares as they had none to loan out. Several pieces of equipment were returned and some supplies were received that were passed along to a family in need.

Currently storage is limited, however a bariatric wheelchair and a power recliner are needed.