Yarmouth prides itself on having many generous and hardworking volunteers that contribute so much to our community. To help us develop additional volunteer positions, YCAN has entered into a collaboration with SMAA (Southern Maine Agency on Aging) to bring the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) to Yarmouth. This project is launching a couple of new programs that will add much to what we are already doing to make Yarmouth a more age friendly community.
The Friendly Visitor Program will have a volunteer visit an elderly resident in his or her home on a regular basis, providing companionship and friendship. No medical, personal care or housekeeping tasks involved.
The Phone Pal Program will have a volunteer provide homebound elders with companionship by regularly calling on the phone in an effort to decrease feelings of isolation and loneliness.
The Handy Helper Program will have volunteers assist people with light household maintenance duties, i.e.: replacing light bulbs, raking leaves, cleaning garage, light painting, organizing, gardening. No jobs requiring licensure (i.e. plumber, electrician).
We are looking for volunteers for these three programs! If you would like to learn more or sign up to help members in your community, please contact Maureen Brosnan (Yarmouth Community Resource Specialist) at 207-835-9866 or MBrosnan@yarmouth.me.us
The school community and YCAN are streamlining the way we meet the needs of individuals in our schools by establishing a Facebook group, Yarmouth Emergency Team (YET).
The closed Facebook group will address the needs of specific anonymous Yarmouth students (for example, a gently-used pair of boots or a calculator) as requested by the school liaison, and will streamline how we meet emergency needs while providing an opportunity for the larger community to become involved in helping neighbors in need.
YCAN is in search of a driver willing to take a Yarmouth woman to visit the Service Dog Project in Ipswich, MA and bring her home. The rider has significant mobility issues due to Parkinsons, and if she qualifies for a service dog (the reason for the trip), it could change her life.
If you love dogs – especially Great Danes – your time at the Project will be full of joy and enrichment. And you’d be doing something remarkable for a neighbor.
The Service Dog Project Open House takes place every Sunday from 12 – 4:00, so there is flexibility in arranging this ride. This is a large ask, and we understand that. If you find yourself open to this idea, please contact Leslie Hyde at the YCAN phone 207.838.2261 for further details.
Brickyard Hollow Brewing Co. will donate a portion of their December 19th and 26th Community Night proceeds to the YCAN Fuel Assistance program. Click on the link above for more information about their hours, location, and menu – and consider visiting them on Wednesday 12/19 or 12/6!
Thank you for supporting those who need help heating their homes.