Interlink Volunteer Caregivers looking for more volunteers

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) – Whether it’s driving people to doctor’s appointments or driving people to the grocery store, Interlink Volunteer Caregivers is there for those in need of aid.

“We are essentially seen as the organization that helps people of last resort,” said Jeanette Roe, the chief executive. “If people don’t have resources, whether they’re financial or they don’t have family members or whatever, and they need to be able to stay in their homes for as long as possible and they need to going to medical appointments or essential services shopping like pharmacies and all.

Now more people need to be transported, and there just aren’t enough volunteers to get people where they need to go.

In 2021, they served 280 people across Magic Valley’s eight counties. Currently, they only have 24 volunteers.

“We try to take care of the people who need the services the most, which is the chronically ill with cancer or on dialysis. These are our first and foremost, these people need to go to their appointments on an ongoing basis,” Roe said.

Cathy Keever has volunteered with Interlink Volunteer Caregivers since 2014 and says it has given her purpose since her retirement.

“It gives me an opportunity, I’ve made some wonderful friends, we socialize together, we do things together, and it’s just one of those things that people need help with, and I don’t work, I I’m retired, so that’s what I do,” Keever said.

Studies show that older people are happier and healthier when they can live at home, and with Interlink Volunteer Caregivers, more people are able to do so.

“Older people are wonderful and they need to get out, and it’s good to go out and help someone and know that they’re going to their doctor’s appointment because a lot of them freak out because they don’t know what they’re going to do, and when they find out there’s someone available, they get really excited,” Keever said.

Interlink Volunteer Caregivers is a voluntary organization, but they reimburse drivers 56 cents per mile of travel. If you are interested in helping, visit their website or call (208) 733-6333.

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