If you’ve ever wanted to help those in your community, there’s a new opportunity in the area that’s expanding during the second year of the program. This is also an opportunity for those in need of help.
The Greenbrier Community Care Corps (GCCC) is a relatively new program based out of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia.
Misty Boggs, the program manager, oversees both clients and volunteers. As an employee of the osteopathic school, manages the program and the yearly grant through the Oasis Institute, that funds it. Boggs described the program. “Greenberg Community Care Corps is a program that links volunteers with those in need in our community. The residents are in Greenbrier County and in Monroe County. They have to be 60 years of age or older, an adult with a disability and or they’re caregivers. And we help with non-medical tasks. Tasks would include things like running errands, picking up groceries, doing light housework, respite care, efficacy, pet care, those types of things.”
The program also utilizes an app, which assists Boggs in managing over 200 clients and over 75 volunteers. “My Impact” is a free download that allows clients to post their needs and volunteers to select the client jobs that interest them.
Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old, pass a background check, and have a valid driver’s license for travel to a client’s location. There are a few additional perks as well, including a volunteer stipend and flexibility in their hours.
Thanks to the success of the program and the needs in the area, the Greenbrier Community Care Core is expanding their outreach into Monroe County during their second year, which will allow more people to receive some helpful assistance. In addition to directly supporting clients by doing chores, volunteers may also support those family members who are providing care.
Boggs described the care as “respite care” for family caregivers. “You can come in and volunteer and allow the caregiver to go run errands or any other activity that they may need to do while you sit with their loved one. Or you can play games, you can do any type of hobbies that their loved one needs or likes to do.Just giving them a break from the ever, the overall, everyday, um, caregiving that they’re given to their loved ones.”
The GCCC second program year began in October. Client and volunteer applications are currently accepted. It’s a great way to connect with those who need help. Anyone may apply as long as they meet the basic requirements. It’s an equal opportunity program.
From my own experience, it is a very rewarding opportunity. The clients are very appreciative of the help they’re given and return visits increase the personal connection. Even when things don’t work out, it can still be a positive experience. I attempted doing some housework for a widow, but she admitted she felt more comfortable with a woman doing the work. I did take out her trash, but after that I’ve focused on yardwork and small repairs. Being outdoors is better for me and usually involves more strenuous work, which is a real benefit to the clients. Plus, I’ve grown attached to my regulars and I think they look forward to my visits.
Boggs explained why volunteering with GCCC makes an impact on those served. “Just know that you, volunteering in our community helps meet unmet needs with our senior citizens, those with a disability and or their caregivers. It helps the participant live more independently and reduces stress and burden on the caregivers. So, just know that you’re making a difference in our community.”
If you’d like to know more about the program and apply for services or to be a volunteer, you may contact Misty Boggs by calling 304-520-5945 or email her at gccc @ osteo . wvsom . edu.
Individuals interested in volunteering can apply at www.bttr.im/9mpb5.
To register as a participant, visit www.bttr.im/6lru7.