Community Caregivers celebrated the spirit of Valentine’s Day by holding a special dinner for the residents of the Omni Senior Living Community on Carman Road in Guilderland.  The 14th Annual Itali

In 2012, Community Caregivers started providing services in Albany. The services primarily include transporting people from two food pantries to their homes.

It’s not often that I think about the ebb and flow of life, but it does cross my mind.

One Thursday a month at 1 p.m., registered nurse Sue Griffiths, Community Caregivers’ intake coordinator, hosts a group of men and women, mostly women, who have come together for support.

As 2014 unwinds, we begin to look to a new year.  But, before we end this one, here are some things Community Caregivers is grateful for:

— 1. Our staff who make the volunteer-client connection;

— 2. The over 200 volunteers who provide direct service and those who help in the office, serve on committees and on the board of directors;

— 3. The 105 businesses and people who made donations to the Gala fundraiser;

— 4. The 88 businesses and people who made donations to the golf tournament;

— 5. The ability to help people in our community who need us to take them to the doctors, help with grocery shopping, provide a human connection by phone or a friendly visit, pick up prescriptions.. — things a neighbor could do for a neighbor;

— 6. The 18 businesses that sponsored our events. Would your business like to join that group?

— 7. People who make donations, great and small, to Community Caregivers;

— 8. People who celebrate their loved ones by sending a donation "in honor of" or celebrate a birthday or just to help Community Caregivers; we are a not-for-profit;

— 9. The Guilderland and Bethlehem libraries for providing space for events;

— 10. Christ the King for providing space for Memory Loss meetings; and

— 11. The Altamont Enterprise for providing space for this column.

This list isn't exhaustive.

For the new year, Community Caregivers’ wish is to serve our community by providing our services to those who need us.

Our other wish is to increase the number of volunteers to do that . We serve all ages and there is no charge.

If you're interested in being part of the organization call us at 456-2898. Orientation schedules for January will be posted on our website and Facebook page within the week.

Add Community Caregivers to your "to do" list for 2015: volunteer, donate, call for help. Our website, www.communitycaregivers.org, provides information on our services and opportunities for volunteers.  Happy holidays!

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