Dianne Ford, chair of the Carson Valley Sertoma sponsorship, and creator of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department’s Good Neighbor, Sgt. Bernadette Smith.
On Jan. 14, the Carson Valley Sertoma Club hosted Sgt. Bernadette Smith as a guest speaker representing the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department’s Good Neighbor Program.
Smith created the program after realizing that older people are lonely, lonely, need help, and are sometimes exploited by family or others.
The program recruits volunteers who make outreach calls and visits to these people as friends and to help, if needed, with shopping, doctor visits, medication collection and health checks. be general.
Several Sertoma members volunteer with the Good Neighbor program.
Their experiences, and the fact that other communities are now emulating the Good Neighbor program, confirms the value it offers residents.
This prompted the service club to apply for a grant from its headquarters, Sertoma Inc., which was approved.
At the end of his presentation, Smith received a grant check for $1,000 from Sertoma Inc. and a second check for $1,000 from funds raised by the local Carson Valley Sertoma club.
The club thanked the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and specifically Smith for starting a program that helps seniors here.