Homebound Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Encouraged to Connect with Helping Hands

Kearney, Neb. – Homebound residents have an opportunity to find a volunteer to run for groceries, food, supplies or just be available for a conversation, by reaching out to Erin Davis at South Central Area Agency on Aging.  Homebound residents who are needing meals, groceries or other basic supplies delivered to your front door, call Erin at (308) 234-1851 to be connected with a Helping Hand volunteer.  Homebound persons interested in a person to talk to, are also encouraged to connect with Erin.  Volunteers are willing to be physically distant and be social through front porch conversations or phone calls.

Faith communities of Buffalo County have come together virtually each week to talk about needs of homebound residents.  Through those conversations, they developed a system for persons of faith to register to be a volunteer to help homebound.  Helping Hands: Faith in Action is a collaborative of faith volunteers coming together to bring hope to homebound. 

Persons of faith communities are encouraged to enroll to be a volunteer at bcchp.org/covid19volunteer/.  Volunteers will be connected to a homebound individual or family to serve for more than one encounter.  A volunteer may be physically distant but socially engaged with homebound person(s) during this time of COVID19 Direct Health Measures.

Through the assistance of South Central Area Agency on Aging and faith communities of Buffalo County  this program will be anchored to support home bound needs.  This collaboration is powered by Buffalo County Community Partners. 

Donations to support the costs of individual homebound needs are being accepted at Buffalo County Community Partners, PO Box 1466, Kearney, NE 68848.  Write ‘helping hands’ in the memo to ensure funds will be directed for homebound needs, like groceries, personal hygiene supplies or other basic needs.  Donations are also accepted at bcchp.org/donate/.   This collaborative will work with existing community programs to ensure services are not duplicated and donations to Helping Hands will be used when no other funding in the community is available to support a homebound person’s needs.

Buffalo County Community Partners is a non-profit organization that seeks to assess, strengthen, and promote the health of Buffalo County by engaging people, facilitating conversations and leading data driven decisions. For more information on how you can assist in building a healthier Buffalo County, visit bcchp.org.

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