As I look back on 2019 from the perspective of March, 2020, I can only marvel at how quickly our worlds can be upended! While I know that COVID-19 and its attendant issues shall pass, it is going to take time and effort on the part of all of us to make sure we come through it well.
Circle of Care was formed to help the residents of Point Roberts meet one of the final challenges we all must face wherever we live: dealing with aging and potential ill-health while remaining in our own homes if that is our wish.
Our mission is to supply information and referrals as needed along with short-term help with meals and household activities to help our friends and neighbors meet this challenge.
We are very pleased that 2019 brought the acquisition of a 10-seat, wheelchair lift-equipped bus to be used to transport Point Roberts residents to medical appointments and other destinations in Bellingham on a weekly basis. We could not have acquired our bus without the generous support of the Colton Foundation of California and their grant of $55,000.
We are grateful, also, to our dedicated volunteers who help drive the bus along with any number of other necessary tasks for our residents.
Over the past year we have helped approximately 25 residents in various ways and our volunteers have donated more than 1,000 hours of their time to help us with all we do including a number of fundraising activities such as the Apple Harvest Festival and the Spring and Christmas faires. A huge thank you to each and every one of them!
In 2019, as a result of the generous donations of individuals and local businesses, as well as fundraising events, we raised $14,598. These funds allowed us to cover our year’s operating costs. Now, we begin a new year of fundraising in what appears to be a challenging environment. You can view our financial statement on our website at prcircleofcare.com.
We hope that Point Roberts residents will join us in 2020 by becoming a volunteer and, if possible, by becoming a donor. We need each other: That’s what it means to be a community.
All the very best to all of Point Roberts.
Chris Cameron, president
Point Roberts Circle of Care