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Guest Report - Medical Equipment Loan Program Fills Valuable Need



I’m Ann Bennett, Executive Director of Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County, guest reporting for DoorCountyDailyNews.com. 

Despite serving 1,079 individuals in 2012, there are still many people in Door County who haven’t heard of Neighbor-to-Neighbor and aren’t aware of how we serve the community. I believe this is simply a case of you not yet needing our services. So, please allow me to take the time to introduce you to Neighbor-to-Neighbor.

Our most well-known program is the Medical Equipment Loan Program. Through this program, individuals are able to borrow medical equipment and supplies on a short-term basis at no cost to them. A total of 1,021 people utilized this program in 2012, saving Door County residents more than $400,000 in medical expenses, through the use of N2N equipment as opposed to purchasing their own. Equipment loans are processed through facilities in Sturgeon Bay, Northern Door, and on Washington Island.

All Neighbor-to-Neighbor services are provided by volunteers. But the amazing thing to me is that the thousand-plus individuals who utilized the Medical Equipment Loan Program were served by a total of eight volunteers.

Now, due to a number of personal reasons including declining health and age, some of our medical equipment volunteers have already retired or will be retiring soon, leaving us with a huge void to fill. We find ourselves in desperate need of volunteers to assist with the Sturgeon Bay equipment loans. In order to continue serving individuals at the level they have come to expect, we need your help. We appeal to all of you to consider volunteering for our program. You can determine how many hours you devote to the program and what shifts will work for you. If we have assisted you or a family member when you were in need, we ask that you consider assisting Neighbor-to-Neighbor and the community by giving back through volunteer service with this program. If you have a background in health care, you will recognize what a valuable service is being provided to the community, and we appeal to you as well.

 For further information about N2N or to inquire about our volunteer needs, please contact me, Ann Bennett, at (920) 743-7800.   

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