In 2016, 1,582 individuals benefitted from services provided by Neighbor to Neighbor (an increase from 1,278 in 2015) and 103 volunteers donated 3,273.25 hours to help the organization. Door County residents saved more than $400,000 in medical expenses by using the organization’s services. Neighbor to Neighbor serves residents through their medical equipment loan program, their peer companion and respite care volunteer programs, and the Lemonade Club, a monthly support group for cancer survivors/patients.
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. With their growth in the medical loan program, the organization is in need of more volunteers in Sturgeon Bay. For more information, contact Bennett at 920.743.7800.