More than 30 volunteers attended Aging in Place Cumberland’s first Volunteer Recognition & Appreciation Celebration at Cumberland Town Hall on May 22. Town Manager William Shane and members of the Town Council were on hand to honor the volunteers, who received certificates of appreciation and AIP T-shirts. Councilor Thomas Gruber told the gathering about AIP’s early beginnings and its growth since 2014. Karen Campbell, chair of the town’s Aging in Place Committee, and AIP coordinator Susan Gold made the presentations.
Among the programs offered by AIP Cumberland are regular social gatherings like Mornings with Friends, a home visitation program that brings Friendly Visitors to homebound seniors, and a volunteer handyman service that helps seniors with shoveling, yardwork and gardening, minor home repair projects, and pet care. AIP also collaborates with the Congregational Church in Cumberland on Cumberland Area Rides (CAR), operated by volunteers to provide rides to seniors in the community. CAR volunteer drivers provided more than 250 rides to seniors during its first year and continues to grow.
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