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Friday, March 27, 2009

Supporting Our Community - CONTACT CAPE ATLANTIC

A few months ago I accepted the voluntary board position for an organization called CONTACT Cape-Atlantic. CONTACT Cape-Atlantic, a partner organization of United Way, offers a telephone reassurance program for anyone who is alone or feeling lonely. Clients receive a daily call at the same time every day. Trained volunteers provide a friendly hello and check to make sure there are no emergencies. The volunteers are caring and committed to relieving isolation and loneliness.

CONTACT was started to keep in touch with senior citizens living alone and to let them know someone cares about them. Now this successful program has grown to help anyone, regardless of age, have contact with another friendly person.

Our Services

Telephone Reassurance Program: provides daily telephone calls to the elderly and disabled living in Atlantic and Cape May counties. Calls provide a friendly hello and a check to make sure all is well with our client.

Gatekeeper Program: trains individuals out in the community to recognize that an elderly person could use some help. Training has been provided to cable company employees, public utility employees, letter carriers, bank tellers and others who have daily contact with local residents. But anyone can be a gatekeeper. Just let us know of an elderly person in need.

We depend upon the community for their support through donations and at our our fund raising events.

Upcoming Event
Sunday, April 19, 2009:

18th Annual Silent Auction & Brunch

WHAT: Our Annual Silent Auction & Brunch...always lots of fun!

Many gift items, restaurant certificates, sports memorabilia, gift baskets and more will be available, for silent and live auction.

WHERE: Stumpo's Italian Grill, Somers Point, NJ

WHEN: Sunday, April 19, 2009~ 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Donation: $25 Per person.

FOR MORE INFO. CALL: (609) 823-1850 or (609) 463-4564

Become a Volunteer
To become a CONT
ACT Cape-Atlantic volunteer, simply call the office at (609) 823-1850. Training will be provided and can be done one-on-one. Volunteers commit to fill a shift which can be 8:30 a.m. to Noon or Noon to 3:30 p.m., and calls can be made from either of our phone centers. There is one in Atlantic County and another in Cape May County. As this is a service that is provided 365 days a year, there are many opportunities to help. Some volunteers are also able to volunteer from home. Calls can be made from home using a cell phone or an unlimited phone service. Our service area is all of Atlantic and Cape May counties. The volunteer opportunities at CONTACT Cape-Atlantic are very flexible and can usually fit into everyone’s schedule. Hope you will consider becoming a volunteer for this valuable service to your community.

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