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November 8, 2012

Community Caregivers receive grant money

DERRY — A local volunteer organization was honored for its long history of helping people remain independent in their homes.

People’s United Community Foundation has awarded $2,500 to Community Caregivers of Greater Derry.

Community Caregivers provide support and assistance to help the elderly and disabled remain independent at their homes in Derry and surrounding towns.

Services are provided through a network made up of more than 400 volunteers.

The grant money will support its Volunteer-Care-Giving Program, matching trained volunteers to elderly, disabled or homebound community members for free in-home help or transportation.

“We are happy to have People’s United Community Foundation as a new community partner and admire their grassroots approach to making sustainable change,” Caregivers’ executive director Cindee Tanuma said.

Community Bank’s Dianne Mercier said Caregivers provides valuable services for those who have difficulty performing everyday tasks.

“Whether it’s through transportation, grocery shopping or performing household chores, Caregivers helps residents remain safely in their homes with dignity,” Mercier said. “People’s United Community Foundation is proud to support their efforts.”

Caregivers was recently awarded a Spirit of New Hampshire Volunteer Champion Award from Volunteer New Hampshire for its work.

Other area volunteers recognized included Nichole Poole of East Derry Memorial Elementary School, honored with an Adult Service Award, and Barbara and Richard Rockwell for their work with the Sonshine Soup Kitchen in Derry.

Kristopher Halen received a Youth Service Award, also for his volunteer work at the soup kitchen.

Volunteer New Hampshire honors those around the state that serve nonprofit groups and other agencies.

The awards were given in a ceremony Oct. 18 in Concord.

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