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ROCKY MOUNTAIN CARE FOUNDATION
October 16, 2012

A couple of months ago, I saw an article in a local paper regarding the work RMCF was doing helping elderly and handicapped people with home repairs that these people were no longer capable of doing for themselves. I have worked in construction for over 55 years. Having recently retired, I want to stay active and feel that using my skills to help what I consider an underserved portion of our community would be good for me and good for our community. I sent an email to Dede Fluette of RMCF offering my services. Dede responded back to me that same day. I met with Dede and Joel Warren, RMCF volunteer coordinator, a few days later. I learned that Joel is an Americor Volunteer, a knowledge that further made me feel good about helping. Both Joel and Dede were obviously dedicated to their work and are fine people. I readily joined with them as a volunteer. Since that time I have performed home repairs for six different elderly widows and one elderly lady whose husband suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm. These women have ranged in age from late 70's to 92 years old. They are ALL very grateful for the help. Each has been the kind of person who has been independent all their life and they continue to take care of their homes as best they can. To fix their plumbing, repair their roof, trim tree branches that may damage roofing, replace an unsafe porch and stair, clean rain gutters, fix broken sprinklers and make home safety inspections has been very rewarding to me and helpful to these fine people who simply can't do these things for themselves. All have been tremendously grateful and appreciative. It simply makes a guy feel good. (Not to mention the occasional bag of vegetables from a small garden that some insist I take home with me.) RMCF is a fine organization that I am very happy to serve with. Ray Andrus 801-435-4040. andrus.ray@gmail.com

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RMCF is located in Davis County, Utah and I live in Salt Lake County. I end up driving quite a few miles in order to do my work for them. I didn't know that when I first contacted them. If they had work closer to my home I would like that.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

We have already worked out procedures that minimize the miles I must drive to do my work. They seem to me to be well organized and they go to great lengths to accommodate my preferences while at the same time being considerate of those they serve.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have been introduced to many good and caring people. This has been a good experience for me.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel I'm giving back some and perhaps paying forward in a way that may encourage others to help their less fortunate neighbors. Many of my friends and neighbors have commented on my work with RMCF and I believe their awareness makes them more likely to help others.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I'm a retired construction worker. I do home repairs for elderly and disabled home owners served by RMCF.