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News - March 2014

March 2014

Senior Drivers Safer then Ever!

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers age 70 and older are less likely to be involved in auto accidents than previous generations. The reason - vehicles are getting safer and seniors are generally healthier than in the past. Compared to drivers 35-54 years old, seniors have seen a larger decline in auto accidents over past generations with the biggest rate of decline in drivers 80 years or older. ECHHO's volunteer pool of drivers, almost all seniors, have an excellent safety record and, year after year, continue to provide safe, reliable transportation for our neighbors who depend on them with complete confidence. Our drivers are a fine example of how valuable a resource seniors are to the community!

And A Few More Things in the news...

Scott Wilson was kind enough to mention ECHHO in a Leader editorial last week discussing aging in our community. The Leader is planning a focus section on retirement and options available to seniors in their March 26 issue. There is also going to be a public forum on "How To Age Gracefully," at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, on Thursday, March 27 at 6 p.m.

Here at ECHHO, the Board is exploring the possibility of joining the Village to Village Network - a national network of organizations that focus on helping people remain independent in their homes. We look forward to sharing information about ECHHO with a broader audience and learning about the services other organizations provide.

ECHHO Volunteers do their part in healing our world!

Someone asked the anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978), "What is the first sign you look for, to tell you of an ancient civilization?" The interviewer had in mind a tool or article of clothing. Ms. Mead surprised him by answering, a "healed femur". When someone breaks a femur, they can't survive to hunt, fish or escape enemies unless they have help from someone else. Thus, a healed femur indicates that someone else helped that person, rather than abandoning them and saving themselves. Isn't that what we in philanthropy are all about? Healing femurs of one sort or another?

One of the greatest services that ECHHO volunteers provide is reassuring people in need that they will not be abandoned. With that in mind, we are always looking for more folks interested in helping their neighbors.

Volunteers Needed!

As we begin this new year, the demand for ECHHO's services continues to grow, along with an increasing need for more volunteers and financial support. We all want to see our neighbors in need living with greater dignity and independence. Together, we can help make that possible. If you know of anyone who would benefit from the satisfaction and fulfillment that being a volunteer provides, please let them know that ECHHO needs their help.

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Rides to Medical Appointments Other Volunteer Services Volunteers Participating Miles Driven
146 351.5 232 119.5 36 4,345 156

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ECHHO, 1110 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368.
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