Quarter-century of caring
Community Caregivers keeps giving 25 years later
By HUNTER McGEE
Union Leader Correspondent | September 13. 2013 8:37PM
Members pf Community Caregivers of Derry are pictured recently in front of the office in the Masonic Temple at 58 East Broadway Ave. The organization is marking 25 years of service this month to the Derry area. (COURTESY)
The organization follows a basic plan that has made a difference in people's lives since its inception, said Executive Director Cindee Tanuma.
A group of people from the community and local churches came together in 1983 to found the organization after seeing a need for volunteer services to supplement existing programs, Tanuma said.
The organization strives to meet the needs of volunteers by matching them to the level of service they feel comfortable delivering.
Volunteers have logged 235,000 hours since formal time tracking began in 1992. During the past 25 years, they've helped more than 1,775 people. In just the past 12 months, volunteers drove more than 100,000 miles.
Not far from Tanuma's office is a room filled with crutches, canes and dozens of other medical equipment. Along with matching volunteers to clients for services, the staff runs the Loaner's Closet for Durable Medical Equipment. More than 5,000 pieces of donated equipment are on loan to the general public, Tanuma said.
Derry resident Joan Quass said Caregivers has helped her immensely during the past two years. The 74-year-old said volunteers have routinely assisted with light house cleaning and other chores.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the agency will be hosting two events: a volunteer, client and supporter party at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire on Oct. 19; and a Gala Evening and Auction at Zorvino Vineyards on Oct. 24, Tanuma said.With proceeds benefitting the organization, Caregivers will be selling baked goods, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, at Mack's Apples in Londonderry.