Providing Hope in Southern Wake County

Susan Meador Give_Receive_Care 4 Comments

Thanks to the M. Jack and Dorothy S. Stephens Fund of Triangle Community Foundation, The Center is able to offer more programs to address the needs of disadvantaged people in the communities of southern Wake County. The Center engages volunteers to provide escorted and door-through-the-door transportation, assistance with errands, light housekeeping and yard work, friendly visits, telephone assurance, and Alzheimer’s respite and family caregiver support.

The people served by The Center are seniors ages 60 and above, adults with disabilities between 18 and 60 with a chronic health issue or disability, and family caregivers of an adult that can’t be left alone. The Center prioritizes those of greatest economic or social need as specified by the Older Americans Act. All services are performed by trained and background checked volunteers with no fee for services.

Addressing Unmet Needs in Southern Wake County The need in southern Wake County is great. About 20% of the Care Receivers The Center serves live in this area and have unmet needs for whom The Center’s services could make a difference. The typical care receiver in southern Wake County is female, over 65, lives alone, with income that is just barely over the limit to qualify for Medicaid. This means they are not eligible for government assistance like transportation to the doctor or in-home aides.

The M. Jack and Dorothy S. Stephens Fund makes it possible for The Center to take a more focused, deliberate approach in serving the Southern Wake County Region. The plan is to increase service delivery by 10-20% with a strong presence in the Southern Regional Center.

Volunteer Orientation

February 21  (Wednesday) 2018 from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Wake County Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay Varina.

REGISTER NOW to become a volunteer. The mission is to serve all of Wake County. The Center’s success depends primarily on the ability to recruit enough volunteers in the region of Wake County where the services are needed. There is currently a waiting list of people needing help in the Southern Region.

Caregiver Academy Caregiver Academy is a free program that provides caregivers with tools and strategies to better cope with their unique challenges. Learn how to handle stress, improve self-confidence, communicate better, improve your ability to make tough decisions, locate helpful resources and more.

The Caregiver Academy consists of six 90-minutes sessions of practical training and is being planned for Wednesdays January 10 – February 14, 2018. Sessions are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay Varina. The curriculum, Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an award winning education program. The Center asks for a donation to help defray the cost of the $25 handbooks.This program is not open to professionals or paid caregivers.

Register by contacting Renee Myatt at or 919-460-0567. Registration limited to 12 and is on a first-come, first-served basis. If care for a loved one during the class is a problem, please let us know.


Comments 4

  1. Is the volunteer orientation something that gives information about what you need? Or is it actual training? I don’t want to commit to something before I know what it is exactly. I’ve read some of your website, but am interested in what the specific needs may be to see if I’d be able to assist.

    1. Sara,
      Thank you for reaching out with excellent questions. The Volunteer Orientation is designed for people who have begun the application process and want to learn more about the opportunities in their community. There are three core programs volunteers can choose: in-home connections, transportation and respite.

      The greatest need in the Fuquay Varina area is transportation to the doctor and grocery store. These opportunities are shown on a calendar, making it easy to see if the needs are in your neighborhood and at a time when you could complete them.

      Friendly visiting and respite care is the next area with need. We have an 80-year-old woman who has been on our waiting list for about 8 months. Her daughter is doing her best to care for her mother at home and could use a break, especially on the weekend. Volunteers in this area set their own schedule and come in about once a week for an hour or more.

      The third greatest need is for light housekeeping. Many of our Care Receivers use mobility devices such as a walker and have health issues that make it extremely difficult for them to complete the basics of dusting and vacuuming. Volunteers who help in this area set their own schedule to come in once or twice a month.

      You can begin an application through our secure portal at this link:

      We look forward to seeing you soon!

      Please contact me directly if you need more information: 919-460-0567 or

  2. Can you advise if all class times, info sessions, and volunteer opportunities take place during the work day? I think this sounds like a wonderful program and I would love to get involved; however, I work full time and would not be able to make the info session or class times I’ve seen listed. I was just wondering if there were possibly plans to expand the hours to weekends at some point. Thanks!

    1. Hi Ashley!

      Excellent questions – thank you for your interest! As a volunteer, you set your schedule and pace. If you are away for an extended time, we can set-up someone to temporarily help with the Care Receiver you volunteer to assist. If you like transportation, it’s definitely on your schedule and you sign-up for the opportunities that work best for you.

      Get started on your application at this secure web page: You will receive a link to your personal site where you can continue working on the volunteer process.

      You can take the orientation online. It’s set up in three self-paced modules that you can start and stop at any point. Each lasts about 20 minutes and is available at this link:

      Email or call us at 919-460-0567 if we can help you get started.

      Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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