Door County residents saved more than $400,000 in medical expenses by using Neighbor to Neighbor’s services in 2015; 1,278 individuals benefitted from their services. One hundred and twelve volunteers donated 3,679 hours to facilitate medical equipment loans, serve as peer companions and/or respite care providers to homebound or isolated individuals, staff the office, serve on the board of directors, and assist with special events.
Ann Bennett, executive director, states, “The community’s investment in this organization ultimately keeps hundreds of thousands of dollars in the pockets of Door County residents. Many times, having the appropriate medical equipment or a caring volunteer to visit allows people to safely remain in their own homes and, in many cases, allows for a short break for a family caregiver.”
Neighbor to Neighbor’s services are provided free of charge; the organization is supported entirely through donations, fundraising events, local and regional grants, and United Way funding. The organization’s 2016 budget is $56,980.
Bennett adds, “Due to the growth of the medical equipment loan program, we are in need of additional volunteers and community donations of medical equipment. The following items are especially needed at this time: wheelchairs, transport chairs, four-wheeled walkers with seats, and bariatric-sized equipment of all types.”
For more information, contact Bennett at 920.743.7800.