Setbacks and challenges are difficult to overcome. We’ve all had them. Sometimes, however, it leads to unexpected opportunities and new ways of looking at things. That’s what’s happened at Community Partners in Caring. The pandemic has been a challenge, but it caused us to, among other things, establish new services, develop social media volunteer recruitment campaigns, develop partnerships with other non-profits and with for-profit organizations to serve seniors during COVID, implement new web-based platforms to onboard new volunteers, and it forced us into remote work for almost all of 2020 and half of 2021.
Community Partners in Caring is a volunteer recruitment and training organization engaged in providing free non-medical caregiving services to dependent older seniors age 62 and over. Our mission is to provide volunteer support services that allow our senior population to live independently while maintaining dignity, respect and quality of life. The challenges that our seniors face have become more acute, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our seniors continue to need help in accessing daily needs, such as food, medical care, and human connection.
Are you, or talented folks in your network, looking for unique opportunities to help your community? Community Partners in Caring, established in 1997, is a Volunteer Caregiving nonprofit organization engaged in recruiting, training, and managing volunteers who provide free non-medical support services to older seniors who lack the family support needed to sustain daily living.
Community Partners in Caring is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2021 California Nonprofit of the Year by the California Association of Nonprofits and Assemblymember Steve Bennett.
Santa Maria, CA. “Everything starts with the motivation to care,” said Chuen Ng, Community Partners in Caring’s Board President. “This motivation to care has led us through many aspects of life, and it leads us to today, as the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) awards Community Partners in Caring with the Senior Program of the Year Award in recognition of the contributions the agency has made throughout the community.”
The Health Officer for Santa Barbara has issued up-to-date information for getting a vaccine appointment locally. The recent points of distribution include the sites listed below, Dignity Health, of which Marian Hospital (Santa Maria) is a site, and some pharmacies. Call 2-1-1 if you need assistance getting an appointment, or the transportation to make it to your appointment.
The memories of childhood – receiving or giving gifts – when we learn early the blessing of giving is an easy, annual lesson via this time’s celebrations. Some of the warmer memories come from watching children experience the magic of the season of giving. Stories of generosity tied to our celebrations in the world are hundreds of generations old.
We hope that when this letter finds you, you and your family are well. This year has been filled with challenges for all of us. Our hearts and prayers are with all those who have lost a loved one as well as those that are ill and have been deeply affected by the pandemic. (To view PDF version of Annual Appeal, please click here.)
Now, don’t be scared away.
In October, there is a beginning to community traditions that carry all generations through the holidays together. I do believe these interactions generate more uplift than any other span of time within the year. This year, of course, we have to plan ahead.
What a paradise we share, living in Santa Barbara County! Yes, even with what 2020 has brought to our doorsteps, I hope some reading this have been able to keep a pocketful of optimism. For now, let’s prepare to “turn the corner.” Just as many unhealthful, tense or uncertain days have come to us, the days of beauty are still here, and will continue.