The Caring Network
The Unitarian Church of Montpelier Caring Network is a group of volunteers who make themselves available to help members and friends of the church community with short-term assistance during times of transition, crisis, or need. Our goal is to “BE THE VILLAGE” when our church friends need a helping hand. This includes things like rides to medical appointments; meals or companionship following surgery or the birth of a child; and help with errands or housework when life just gets to be overwhelming!
Information for Volunteers:
If you sign up to be a volunteer, you will receive emails and sometimes phone calls when the Caring Network receives a request for assistance. The signup form encourages you to specify which types of assistance you are most able and/or willing to provide, but sometimes important requests will be sent to the entire group.
The volume and frequency of requests is naturally unpredictable, but the average is about 2-3 per month. We ask that volunteers consider saying “yes” to a request that fits their abilities every month or two.
Information for Submitting Requests:
If you would like to make a request, or if you think someone you know in the church community may need assistance, please contact Erin Caro Aguayo, Caring Network Coordinator, using this form. Don’t hesitate to reach out, even if you’re not sure whether it’s something the Caring Network can help with.
Please note that specific requests made at least two weeks in advance are most likely to receive volunteer support. That said, we COMPLETELY understand that life happens, and we are always happy to try to help with more last-minute requests!
- Caring Network works closely with UCM’s Lay Pastoral Care team to make sure that both logistical and emotional needs are being met. You are encouraged to reach out to either or both!
- The Central Vermont Council on Aging and the Vermont Center for Independent Living can provide excellent information about longer-term assistance with things like transportation, meals, and companionship for the elderly and disabled.