Volunteer Appreciation Newsletter
January/February 2018
Director's Corner
How Giving to Others Makes You Healthier and Happier
Happy New Year! It is common as we enter the new year to take a look at ways we can improve our health. Did you know that volunteering is good for your health? According to HelpGuide.Org, volunteering can benefit you in the following ways:
  1. Volunteering connects you to others
  2. Volunteering is good for your mind and body
  3. Volunteering can advance your career
  4. Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life
We want to make your volunteer experience meaningful and enjoyable. We always look forward to your feedback on what you enjoy about volunteering for Interlink. Please do not hesitate to contact myself, Alisha, or Jackie if you have any questions or concerns while you are volunteering. It is one our 2018 resolutions to help you be healthier and happier volunteering with Interlink! Thank you for your service in 2017. I look forward to sharing with you our outcomes in our 2017 Annual Report soon.   Until then, here  is something  we can  celebrate- YOU and the other 60 Interlink volunteers contributed over 7,000 hours to our mission-  allowing elders and those with disabilities to live independently in their homes

New year blessings,
Transportation Corner

  I Had a Car Accident. What do I do?
If you are involved in an accident while on an Interlink ride please take the time to record the pertinent information while the information is still fresh in your mind. We have an accident brochure form that can conveniently be kept in your glove compartment. This helps us with potential liability issues and can serve as record for you down the road. 
Pick up a copy in our office today or download a copy here.     
If you are at fault, insurance will initially pull from your personal coverage. Any additional charges will pull from Interlink Volunteers’ compliance coverage amount. 
Hopefully you will not need to do this; but if you do, thank you for taking the time to provide us with this information.

Help us meet driver
compliance requirements! 
Take an AARP Course or c heck out our free defensive driving DVD today! 

 2018 Mileage Reimbursement Rate: $.545/mile   

Things to Consider

1)    Acting as a physical support
Particularly in icy conditions, a
client may request to lean on you for physical support more than usual.
Please encourage them to bring what they need to move as independently as possible. We also have walkers, canes and wheelchairs in the loan closet available for them.  

3)    Winter Car Supplies. 
You may find that a client needs help getting through snow or ice to your car.   Being prepared with a shovel or kitty litter may come in handy to remove excess snow or ice from the driveway.  

4)    Step Stools. 
If a person needs a stool to get in/out of the vehicle we will have them available for checkout early February.

AARP Courses
Drivers: Completion of an AARP course will qualify you for a reduction in your vehicle insurance rate if you at over 55 years of age.
3 years if an Idaho resident and 2 years if a Washington resident

There are 3 to choose from:

February 15/16; 8:45-1:00 at CrossPoint Alliance Church,  1330 Powers Ave.
Lewiston . Call Instructor Kay Gaines to register at  208-816-3450

March 15-16; 8:45-1:00 at the Nimiipuu Health Center, 111 Bever Grade,
Lapwai. Call Instructor Lucinda Simpson to register at  208-791-5025

March 20-21, 8:45-1:00 at Good Samaritan Moscow Village,   640 N. Eisenhower,
Moscow . Call Instructor Elaine Broyles to register at  208-883-8612
Volunteers are the heart of Interlink...
Welcome to our new volunteers...
Linda Basilico- driver
Alisha Bernal- driver
Quita Lopez- special projects volunteer
John Sullivan- board membe r

November/December 2017 giveaway winners :  
Sandi Lee & Mary Lou Gregory won a free car wash from Splash and
meal from Sonic Drive-In!

January/February Newsletter Giveaway  
What 3 items are available in our loan closet? 
Answer this question and YOU could WIN a DQ or Sonic lunch!    
Find the answer in our newsletter and call the office or email
volunteers@interlink-volunteers.org  anytime during January or February
to be entered into this giveaway.   January/February giveaway winners will be notified by phone or mail in March.

Volunteer Spotlight: Sharon DeLong

I was recently looking for volunteer hours in the community. It was suggested that I check out Interlink so I dropped in to see what was available. I was thrilled to find out I could put my degree to work and help with this newsletter. I also signed up to provide transportation for those who do not drive. I am an early riser so I have taken some early trips and don't mind taking clients where they need to go on the weekend. The clients are so grateful and it just feels good to help someone else out!
What our Clients Have to Say...
Making a difference...
They’ve been a God send! I moved here from Montana 13 years ago because of the weather and do not have a car. When I needed eye surgery, I had 12 appointments in 6 weeks and 2 of those appointments were on the same day. Interlink volunteer drivers got me to all of them. They take me to all my medical appointments
I used to be able to call 2 days in advance to get a ride but they are so busy now, I call 4 days in advance. I never should have bragged about them so much. I love Interlink! I hope they never quit. I don’t know what I’d do if they did. I love the office staff and the volunteers who
drive me. They’ve been wonderful!
I can’t say enough good about them. It’s a wonderful, wonderful program.
 Judy Cantrell
Upcoming Events & Important Dates

January 15- MLK day: Office Open
February 14- Happy Valentine’s Day!
Stop by our office during Valentine’s week for a special treat!   
February 19- President’s day: Office Open