What is Interfaith Caregivers?
- For over 20 years Interfaith Caregivers has been helping seniors and adults with disabilities in Polk County, WI. We find volunteers to help our clients so they can live in their homes for as long as possible.
Interfaith Caregivers’ Mission Statement: “Coordinating volunteers to help seniors and adults with disabilities to maintain their independence.”
What type of services do you have?
- Rides to and from appointments.
- Rides for shopping or errands.
- Rides for cancer treatment, dialysis or other medical specialists.
- Visits with a someone in their home for companionship.
- Help with small chores like changing a light bulb or installing a grab bar.
- Reading the newspaper or magazine to someone.
- Light housekeeping.
- Help balancing a checkbook.
- Visiting with someone so their caregiver can take a break.
- A phone call to check in or just talk.
- Spring and Fall yard work.
Can someone help me get my groceries?
- We often give people rides to get their groceries.
- If you are unable to shop yourself, a volunteer may shop for you from your grocery list. Or, a volunteer can go with you to get groceries when you can’t shop alone.
I need to get to a specialist in the Twin Cities. Can you take me?
- Not all our volunteers will drive you to the Twin Cities.
- If we have a volunteer willing to drive to the Twin Cities, we will get you there.
What do services cost?
- Our volunteers donate their time and miles to help their neighbors. We don’t charge for our services. There are no income guidelines to use our services.
- There are costs to Interfaith Caregivers to offer these services. We gratefully appreciate donations. This will help us offer services to others for years to come.
Who are your volunteers?
- Our Volunteers come from towns all around Polk County. They offer friendship, rides and help to someone who lives nearby.
How much time is needed to volunteer?
- You can volunteer as often or as little as you want.
- We can assign you depending on your schedule: once a week, monthly, as needed, special events.
- Summer residents and people who go south for the winter are invited to apply!
Do volunteers get any training?
- All potential volunteers must pass a background check and attend a short orientation.
- If a you want to drive people you must have a valid driver’s license and auto insurance.
How do you match a client with a volunteer?
- Our staff knows the needs of our clients. We will match a volunteer with someone with similar interests. We will try to offer only matches that suit everyone’s schedule and proximity.
How many volunteers do you have?
How do you get clients?
- Most come to us by calling us themselves.
- Others are encourage by their families to sign up for services.
- Hospitals and other local agencies refer people to us.
- Short term and long term services are available.
Do you ever deny services to anyone?
- We don’t drive clients that can’t get in and out of a vehicle on their own.
- We don’t offer wheelchair transportation.
- Our volunteers don’t lift or move people.
- We don’t give medications.
- We don’t assist with bathing or toileting.
- We don’t give medical rides to MTM clients. The MTM program is specifically for your medical rides.
- We don’t provide services to clients enrolled with Inclusa or IRIS. Each of those programs get money to offer these services.
- We serve people of all faiths (and no professed faith). We do not promote religion.
- We reserve the right to refuse services to anyone for any reason.
Where do you get your funding?
- We receive all our money through donations or grants.
- About a third of our income comes from grants and the United Way.
- A smaller part of our income is from local organizations, churches, businesses, community groups and special events.
- The bulk of our income is from donations made by individuals and families!
- Our projected expenses for 2018 are $217,250.
How much do donors usually give?
- We get donations of all sizes.
- We recently received a donation of $3.00 in cash from a gentleman who was happy with his ride. We’ve received gifts of $500 and $1000 from people in the county that believe in what we do.
- No gift is too small…or too big! Give only what you can afford to give!
- Visit the “Donations” page to see how you can help!
Are you associated with the Polk County government?
- Interfaith Caregivers is not a part of Polk County government.
- We do not get funding from county taxes. But we work very closely with the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and Human Services.