“Neighbors for Neighbors” Meet and Greet Held
By Eugenia Moskowitz
Blooming Grove’s Neighbors for Neighbors friendly visitor program may be one of the best kept secrets in town. And they shared it with the public at their annual luncheon held on Oct. 30 at Betty’s Country Kitchen.
For many years now, the group has been providing services such as transportation to local appointments, help with grocery shopping, home visits, phone calls, and clerical assistance to older adults and adults with disabilities in the Blooming Grove, Washingtonville, Salisbury Mills, and South Blooming Grove areas.
The people who volunteer with the program say they have a real impact on the lives of their neighbors by donating just two hours per week, or more if they want, at a time that works for them. Volunteers are trained and go through a background check at no cost to them, and are insured while volunteering. “The rewards are immeasurable,” one volunteer said.
Also at the luncheon were Town of Blooming Grove Supervisor Rob Jeroloman, Town of Blooming Grove Councilmember Sonia Ayala, and included a visit by Assemblyman James Skoufis.
The Neighbors for Neighbors program partners with the Orange County Office of the Aging, the Town of Blooming Grove, and the Jewish Family Service. To get involved, call 845-325-8775 or email BGneighbors4neighbors@gmail.com.
CAPTIONS 1 and 2: The core group of Blooming Grove’s Neighbors for Neighbors program met at Betty’s Country Kitchen for its annual luncheon on Oct. 30. (Photos by Eugenia Moskowitz)