Faith in Action director looks ahead to new year

First Posted: 8/3/2009

Volunteers with Faith in Action provided more than 1,000 hours of service, which breaks down to a little more than 19 hours per week of one-on-one care, this year, which for them ended in July. As they embark on a new year of service, they are hoping for another banner year for volunteer service.
Vickie George, Faith in Action program director, said the time sheets for volunteer work were just turned in last month and she couldnt be more proud of her volunteers.
That is an outstanding accomplishment for Faith in Action, said George.
Faith in Action is a non-profit, volunteer program. The programs goal is to help people who are aging, ill or disabled maintain their independence by care giving relationships with volunteers. Those who serve provide transportation to medical appointments, friendship and nourishment to those in need with light meal preparation. They run errands, such as grocery shopping or pick up prescriptions. They also provide light housekeeping and yard work and most of all, George said, they provide compassionate care through friendly visits.
Volunteers are matched with care recipients based on the amount of time they can give and what types of activities they would like to provide.
George said nine people are volunteering with Faith in Action at this time.
We would like to thank the volunteers for all of their hard work and dedication. Thats a lot of selfless dedication. We really appreciate all of their time and money, because it takes money to have gas to get around to do the volunteer work, George said.
She said three volunteers carry most of the hours.
The people they are serving really need the help and the volunteers love providing it for them. Its been good all the way around, George said.
Faith in Actions annual fundraiser is a yard sale in which the community can participate and is slated for Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Its the only money that goes to the program, unless people donate money to the program, George said.
Yard sale participants can buy a spot in the Surry County Human Resources building parking lot for $15.
They get to keep all the money they make. We do all of the advertising for the event, George said.
To donate time, place a referral for care or to reserve a spot in the yard sale, call Vickie George at 783-8500.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.

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