Friday, October 29, 2010

what a difference a day makes

   Imagine teams of volunteers arriving at the homes of people living with Multiple Sclerosis and meeting their needs and those of their family on a single day. I have hallucinated such a fantasy many times over my 20 years juggling MS spouse caregiving, basically single parenting and everything else.

   It is such a treat to read that through a pilot program that this now actually happens.

“If you are living with MS and need a helping hand around the house, MS Service Day Volunteers from (Central PA) Chapter will divide into teams and complete projects and provide friendly visitation to people living with MS.”

   Projects can include services to the exterior or interior of the homes like:

yard work
roof repair
cutting and stacking wood
cleaning
some household repairs
washing cars
re-potting plants
shampooing carpets
de-cluttering house or garage
holiday preparation, etc.

   Other services are sometimes provided like shopping, laundry, cooking, playing cards or board games, sharing conversation, etc.
   Thanks to the generous $100,000 grant from the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation to the Central Pennsylvania Chapter, the Chapter can expand this program in 2010-2011.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer 

3 comments:

  1. that is awesome!! amazing what can get done if people take an interest to be involved helping others!

    betty

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  2. This is a wonderful service and I am sure very appreciated! There are times when I would love to have someone do a few of the things that I either don't get around to or take a long time doing.

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  3. Most people really do have good hearts. I love hearing about service projects.

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