The Green Bay Packers Foundation has awarded a grant of $1,500 to Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers to support their Medical Equipment Loan Program through the purchase of wheelchairs and equipment labeling. This grant is one of 236 grants totaling $600,000 to civic and charitable organizations throughout the State of Wisconsin in its annual distribution of grants, which took place Dec. 8. Nonprofit groups were guests at a luncheon at Lambeau Field, where all the recipients were honored for the outstanding work they do in their communities.
Neighbor to Neighbor is a local nonprofit organization that provides peer companions for homebound elderly individuals, respite care for primary caregivers, short-term medical equipment loans for people of all ages, and the Lemonade Club, a cancer survivor support group. All services are provided free of charge. In 2014, 1,252 individuals were served by Neighbor to Neighbor, saving these individuals more than $400,000 in medical expenses through the use of these programs.
The organization is now in need of volunteers to assist with the Sturgeon Bay Medical Equipment Loan Program and to be peer companions and respite care volunteers (particularly in the Northern Door and rural Sturgeon Bay areas). We also have a rural Sturgeon Bay homebound client in need of someone to bring in their mail a few times a week in the winter months. For more information, call 920.743.7800.
During the holidays, the Neighbor to Neighbor office and medical equipment facilities will be closed for a few days to allow our volunteers to spend time with their loved ones. Both the medical equipment programs and the office will be closed on Dec. 24 & 25 and Jan. 1. The medical equipment programs will also be closed on Dec. 31, but the office will be open for part of the day.