By Annelle Norman
Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Diane and Max Briand and the staff at South Beach House, Circle of Care’s spring fundraiser was an enormous success.
South Beach House put out a delicious buffet dinner of salmon, roasted chicken, salad, curry, vegetables and desserts. Staff served wine and drinks while Circle of Care board of trustees, families and friends played hosts, bussed tables and did dishes. Shaune Ann Feuz and her fabulous band wowed the audience with tunes from the last 60 years and once the buffet was cleared away, diners danced and enjoyed the music.
Local businesses CanAm and McEvoy Oil contributed $500 each and other local businesses purchased tickets for employees, donated door prizes and sold tickets. The Quilters have donated a gorgeous “Sunflower” quilt for raffling and a 50/50 draw was held. Over $3,000 was netted from the event.
Currently, no certified home care aides (HCA) are registered for referral with Circle of Care. State law requires that HCA care workers must complete 75 hours of training through a program approved by the Department of Social and Health Services, and must successfully pass the home care aide certification examination, as well a background check, in order to become certified by the Department of Health.
One of Circle of Care’s primary objectives is to use funds raised to assist a few local residents in acquiring the training and certification that Washington state requires for anyone providing personal in home care. The training and certification costs about $800.
Currently, the training is offered only in classroom settings in Blaine, Bellingham, Seattle, etc. so it is a big commitment of time, money and resources. Anyone interested in a scholarship grant for acquiring the training and subsequently benefiting from Circle of Care’s referral to residents in need of in home care should leave a message on 945-5222 or send an email to email@example.com.
In the meantime, Circle of Care is seeking volunteers for training at an upcoming volunteer orientation and training (dates to be announced). Volunteers are currently providing needed rides to appointments, meals for clients and their families, errands, run for groceries, prescriptions, etc.
Additionally, volunteers are needed for administrative/office work, social media and fundraising. If you are interested in volunteering with Circle of Care, please leave a message on 945-5222 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, Circle of Care wishes to acknowledge the generosity of its supporters: South Beach House, CanAm, McEvoy Oil, All Point Bulletin, Auntie Pam’s Country Store, Nielson’s Building Center, International Marketplace, TSB Shipping, Larry’s Liquor Locker, Banner Bank, Umpqua Bank, Seabright Farm Cottages, Point Roberts Marina, Compass Rose Bar & Grill and the fabulous Shaune Ann Feuz and band.