(Ellsworth, Me.) The Washington Hancock Community Agency (WHCA) is proud to announce that its programs Friendship Cottage Adult Day Service and At Home Downeast have recently been awarded a grant from the Llewellyn Foundation. This grant will support volunteer/activity coordinators for each of these programs. The coordinators will focus on the recruitment and retention of program volunteers, as well as organizing activities for participants. A spokesperson for the trustees of the Llewellyn Foundation said “The Llewellyn Foundation is pleased to be part of the continuing success of Friendship Cottage and now At Home Downeast. Each initiative provides a vital service for seniors by helping to build up the family and community support that is already in place, rather than trying to replace those supports. In doing so, WHCA provides a much needed service in the area and a model for other organizations.”
Friendship Cottage Adult Day Service recently celebrated five years of service to families in the greater Blue Hill community. A medical-model adult day care facility, Friendship Cottage “gently tends to the needs of dependent adults, while guiding and assisting the family and friends who care for them.”
At Home Downeast is a member-based, volunteer supported organization serving the Blue Hill peninsula. Its goal is to provide members with core services designed to make it possible for them to live comfortably and safely in their own homes for longer than might otherwise be possible. This program has been in operation for just over one year and is pleased to serve more than 60 members.
Both programs utilize volunteers from the community to provide the services which the participants and their families have come to rely on. This support from Llewellyn Foundation comes at a critical time for each program, as their volunteer bases grow. Anne Ossanna, Friendship Cottage Program Manager expressed her gratitude to the foundation: “Thanks to the generous support from the Llewellyn Foundation, we are able to enhance our services by providing more individualized activities to our participants.” At Home Downeast Program Manager Kara Janes explained how the funds will have lasting impact on the lives of members “The At Home Downeast volunteer coordinator can now provide isolated members the opportunity to get out of their home and attend various events.”
To learn more about the services and volunteer opportunities available, call Friendship Cottage at 374-5612 or At Home Downeast at 374-5852. To reach the Washington Hancock Community Agency, please call 664-2424 or visit us on the web at www.whcacap.org