Neighbors Helping Neighbors volunteers provide caregiving support to our neighbors in need in the Greater Mercer County area. Interfaith Caregivers, in cooperation with local churches and congregations, recruits, trains and manages volunteer caregivers. We carefully match volunteers with homebound seniors and adults with disabilities who need help with daily tasks. Our volunteers provide non-medical services that enable seniors and adults with disabilities to remain living safely, independently and with dignity in their own homes.
Services Provided by Neighbors Helping Neighbors Volunteers
All services are provided free-of-charge for homebound seniors and adult neighbors with disabilities
Volunteers, using their own vehicles, give elderly and adults with disabilities rides to medical appointments or social activities.
Volunteers either shop for care receivers, deliver food or household supplies, or when possible take them to the supermarket, store, or pharmacy.
Volunteers offer true companionship, helping to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation for care receivers who may not have family support or assistance.
Volunteers help elderly or disabled neighbors with reading or organizing their mail, completing paperwork, or applying for needed programs and benefits.
Volunteers provide daily phone calls to check on a care receiver’s health and wellbeing.
Volunteers help with light chores like sweeping the floor, dusting, or outside tasks like weeding, raking the leaves or taking out garbage and recyclables.
Specialized volunteers help with minor household repairs, including light bulb replacement.
Some volunteers help with cooking or meal preparation, making sandwiches or heating frozen food.
Volunteers provide short-term temporary care to give family caregivers a needed break to complete an errand or take some personal time.
Who Can Get Help?
Who Qualifies For Services?
Residents of the Greater Mercer County area who are:
- Homebound seniors, 60 years and older, with mobility or transportation challenges; or
- Adults 18 years and older with a physical disability as determined by/receiving SSI/SSD or temporary disability benefits.
Who Can Request Services?
- Seniors and adults with disabilities
- Family members, friends, neighbors
- Congregations and community groups
- Home health or social service agencies, hospitals, and senior centers
Is There A Cost For Services?
Neighbors Helping Neighbors program is funded in part under Title III of the Older Americans Act, through a grant with the Mercer County Office on Aging. In addition, it receives funding through the New Jersey Office of Faith Based Initiatives and the AmeriCorps Seniors – RSVP Programs.
Our Response to COVID-19
Interfaith Caregivers offers services to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities, who are at the greatest risk for serious or fatal illness due to the COVID-19 virus.
Meeting their essential needs, their safety and the safety of our caregiving volunteers are our primary concern.
Despite critical safety limitations, our staff and volunteers continue to serve seniors and disabled neighbors, while maintaining a safe social distance and wearing protective face masks.
Our volunteers continue to make reassurance phone calls, provide virtual visits and transportation to medical appointments, assist with grocery shopping, and even help with small chores.