The Bedford Neighbor Brigade is looking for residents interested in helping community members in crisis with daily tasks such as meal preparation, rides and basic household chores.
Using a web-based coordination system, the Brigade manages recipient requests and the recruitment of volunteers to fulfill those requests sensitively, quickly and free of charge.
Since its founding in 2010, the Bedford Chapter has served 710 families and completed 2,332 tasks. Last year, volunteers made 79 meals — 146 meal servings — performed 46 dog walks, gave 45 rides and allocated four community drives for those in need.
About 52 percent of the Bedford Neighbor Brigade’s clients require assistance after surgery, 40 percent of clients used the service following a cancer diagnosis and 8 percent reached out to the Bedford Neighbor Brigade after an accident.
“Bedford Neighbor Brigade isn’t just about giving someone who’s having a hard time a break from shopping and cooking,” said John Laferriere, a former recipient who now volunteers for the organization. “The meals we received after my wife’s death were a reminder that we live in a community where people care about their neighbors. It meant a lot to us then, and it feels so good to be a part of that now, and to make and deliver meals to others in need.”
For more information about how to get involved, visit the Bedford Neighbor Brigade chapter website at https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/86d1d0f0-1088-4f97-8288-1f7dfa8d8f26/1.
Jennifer Fenn Lefferts can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org