November 16, 2004
The Foothills Caring Corps helps homebound and disabled residents stay as independent as possible.
Volunteers provide free help with transportation needs and everyday tasks such as writing checks, delivering meals and shopping. The service does not provide caregiving.
The corps also depends on donations, grants and volunteers to keep it running.
About 200 clients in north Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Carefree and surrounding areas benefit from the nonprofit organization’s services, which have no income requirements. In Scottsdale, clients must live in ZIP codes 85262 or 85255.
The organization will hold a two-hour volunteer training program 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Christ Episcopal Church, 35500 N. Cave Creek Road in Carefree.
Jim Bamberg, a volunteer for about a year and a half, said the lack of ample public transportation in north Scottsdale fuels demand for the organization’s services. He volunteers between 20 and 30 hours a month for a mix of clients.
"These people all have a story and a family. Most are alone," said Bamberg, a Scottsdale resident.
"When you pick them up and start listening to them, they just want to talk. I’ve met so many terrific people in this process while providing a great service at the same time."
Scottsdale residents Bill and Dottie Melvin no longer drive due to his poor eyesight and her rheumatoid arthritis. The couple depend on the service to get groceries and visit the doctor.
"They’re the best thing that ever happened to us," Bill Melvin said.
To learn more or to volunteer, call (480) 488-1105.