United Way Grants $31,320 to Samaritan Caregivers
KOKOMO, IN / PRESS RELEASE – United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties’ Board of Directors has announced a $31,320 grant to help fund senior programs through Samaritan Caregivers.
Donations given through the Annual Fundraising Campaign, both individually and through workplace campaigns make this grant possible. United Ways’ donors enable Samaritan Caregivers to provide quality, no-cost services to over 200 senior citizens in Howard County.
“For twenty-two years, Samaritan Caregivers has been offering no-cost services to seniors living at home,” said Jamey Henderson, Executive Director of Samaritan Caregivers. Rides to the doctor, pharmacy and store are lifelines to medicine, critical medical services and groceries for people whom no longer drive due to poor health or issues of aging. These vulnerable neighbors have greater independence, dignity and quality of life with Samaritan Caregivers in their lives.”
Organized volunteers through Samaritan Caregivers gave around 19,000 hours of their time in 2018. Volunteers provide seniors things like informal care, home visits and free transportation to and from medical appointments, grocery stores, businesses, banks and social service agencies. Samaritan Caregivers also assist seniors with SHIP, a State Health Insurance Assistance Program, which gives qualified, confidential counseling to seniors with questions about their Medicare that allows them to make informed decisions about their health insurance.
“We wish to thank our donors for making this grant possible and allowing us to help serve our senior population in Howard County,” said Jeff Young, United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties Interim President & CEO.