Our Transporters began by driving one another to medical appointments. The program evolved to mainly driving Sacopee Valley Health Center patients to and from appointments at the Center or as far away as Portland – free of charge. It’s a simple system – you send in a request by email with the details of your trip, and we find you a driver. Click here to put in a request!
Isolation is a problem for rural seniors. Our aim is to create an active, engaged senior community through offering safe, stimulating, and supportive social events. Some of our current offerings include:
Monday Morning Coffee and Games featuring cornhole, scrabble, and card games.
Monthly Community Cafe dinners, featuring delicious chef-prepared meals!
Wednesday Walkers, easy to moderate walks on level ground.
We created a program in which volunteers help seniors with minor home repairs, snow shoveling, simple home safety modifications, etc. Most volunteers are members of the Porter Grange or local Masonic Lodges, and members of those organizations coordinate the work. Click here to put in a request!
Phone Buddies / Well Check
In response to the Covid-19 virus and the resulting isolation, particularly for older people, the Grateful Undead started a Phone Buddy program in the spring of 2020. If a person wants to be called, they are paired with a caller who has similar interests. We are seeking a new volunteer coordinator for this program. We are also working on developing a program of well-check phone calls for isolated seniors.
Community Outreach and Educational Activities
We educate the aging public in how to live safely, independently, and comfortably. We collaborate with the SAD 55 Adult Education program to offer classes related to aging, including a workshop led by Grateful Undead members. Grateful Undead members supported efforts to prevent the spread of covid, placing ads in the Shopping Guide to give reliable information about the pandemic. We recently facilitated the launch of a men’s support group, and a cancer support group, in collaboration with the Sacopee Valley Health Center.
Our resources list gives local and state resources in a variety of categories: town hall contacts, housing, socializing, heat, hotlines, and many others. We have both a printed version and an online version here, at Resources List.
Talk to us
Do you need a ride from our Transporters, or help from Handy Helpers?
Interested in volunteering? We need you!
Go to our contact page and let us know; we’ll be in touch.