PebbleCreek Kare Bears

Kare Bears is currently seeking volunteers to fill three Board positions which will become vacant on June 30, 2017.

The positions open are Programs Chair and Communications Chair and Corporate Secretary.

The Programs Chair is responsible for  introducing the speaker each month, coordination  of the information table at the monthly presentation, the refreshment table, and seek and evaluate future speakers for the fall, winter and spring months.

The Communications Chair is responsible for communicating all events and services that Kare Bears has to offer.  This is communicated on the PebbleCreek email, Kare Bears email, PebbleNews and the Kare Bears website.


The Secretary is responsible for official documents and Board of Director minutes. 

If you are looking for a way to meet people, become involved and make a difference in the lives of others, please consider one of these positions.

For more information, please contact:  Tom Meek, Kare Bears President at 708-761-5003 or 708-987-2296

Schedule of Upcoming Events


Diabetes Class
Canceled by Abrazo Health

Abrazo Heart Screening
Canceled by Abrazo Health

Monthly Presentation
Wednesday, March 15, 11 AM
EN Ballroom
Tour Abrazo West Hospital
Thursday, March 16, 10 AM
13677 W McDowell
Hearing Tests
Friday, March 17, 10 AM to Noon
TF Milan Room
Medicare Seminar
Friday, March 24, 8 AM to Noon
TF Chianti Room
Blood Drive
Tuesday, April 11
TBA
Monthly Presentation
Wednesday, April 19, 11 AM
EN Ballroom
Skin Cancer Screening
Saturday, April 22
TF Sienna Room
AED / CPR Training
Friday, April 28
TF Ballroom 1


The Resource Guide was updated on July 27


The Kare Bears Board is reviewing our current services and is considering offering more for everyone. In addition, we also have begun a process to strategically plan for the future!

PebbleCreek  has grown from 300 residents in 1995 (when Kare Bears started) to over 7,500 residents in 2016.   As a 501 c (3) corporation, we rely on volunteers.  We are searching for residents who wish to volunteer their expertise to help us grow. Volunteering is probably the most rewarding thing you can do. In this case, you not only get to feel good about your accomplishments, you might also help yourself meet your personal needs in the future.  It is a win win situation!

Many of you have had wonderful professional lives and have multiple skill sets which you could contribute to this wonderful organization.

 Many people in our community do not know what Kare Bears is, and how they  can benefit from some of the services.  Our services are not just for the elderly or sick residents.  

We welcome ideas on how we can improve the services we currently offer and suggestions on other services you would like to see us offer in the future.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these positions, or feel you can help with taking Kare Bears into the future, please call the Kare Bears House at 536-1200.

Volunteer applications  are available at the Kare Bears House.

Kare Bears is an organization of PebbleCreek volunteers concerned about the welfare of their neighbors within the community.  The primary purpose of this organization is to assist and support residents who are ill or recuperating from illness, surgery or hospitalization. Everyone who lives in PebbleCreek is a member of Kare Bears! 

Volunteer at Kare Bears

WINTER HOURS are in effect at Kare Bears House -  November through April


        
9 AM to 3 PM    Monday through Friday
         9 AM to Noon    Saturdays
                    Closed    Sundays



Abrazo West Hospital "Meals To Go" Program

Did you know we have around 8,000 residents here at PebbleCreek?  To serve these residents, Kare Bears has a lot of volunteers but when residents are ill and need rides, medical equipment, or a bit of cheering up, it would be helpful to have many more volunteers.

One the most important jobs is getting to know the residents.  That is where Coordinator buddies play an important role. Currently, we have 53 units occupied with some units having as many as 381 homes. We have Coordinator buddies assigned to specific ranges of homes (lots) within a unit. They are the contact people welcoming new residents to PebbleCreek and letting them know about our services, resources and activities. They send get-well cards to neighbors who are ill; make visits to a person who just had surgery; call to see how a neighbor is progressing with a newly diagnosed illness; help a bereaved family coordinate information for posting on the PebbleCreek eGroup and take a food platter for a Celebration of Life or family get-together.

Right now we could use some help in the following units:  2, 19, 25, 32, 37, 54, 58, and 62B. By volunteering 1-3 hours a month, you can make a real difference. It only takes a small amount of time to volunteer, but it can have a significant impact on someone’s life. We have grown in leaps and bounds so we continually need people to replace residents who have moved away, burnt out after years of service or perhaps may have passed away. If one of the above units is yours, please volunteer and give the most precious gift that keeps on giving you!

If you don’t see your unit mentioned, we still could use your help.  We also have a need for back-ups when Coordinators are on vacations or when there is no coordinator in a specific area.

Being a Coordinator buddy is a great way to meet people too.  It is fun and rewarding at the same time.  There is no commitment if you choose not to do it after you learn about what is required. 

For more information, call Rayma Scalzo, First Vice President, at 623-935-1819 or email her at
raymas@cox.net You will be happy you did!

 

Three Board Members Needed


Some of the volunteer positions we are looking for are as follows:

Unit Coordinators – A coordinator acts as the liaison between a neighbor in need of assistance and the services offered by Kare Bears.  He or she makes a visit, lends a kare-ing ear, sends a get well card, discusses the availability of medical equipment, explains our FREE transportation for medical, dental, and rehab appointment and provides an extensive list of resources.  Coordinators also make visits to new neighbors and deliver welcome packets. The estimated time commitment is 2 to 4 hours per month.

Office Volunteer Staff - An office volunteer works in the Kare Bears House.  They answer phone calls, greet visitors, loan medical equipment, schedule trips and drivers and other various services.  The estimated time commitment is a 3 hour shift per month (or more if you wish).  Training is provided.

Drivers - A driver’s responsibility is to drive PebbleCreek residents to medical or therapy appointments.  Our drivers use their own vehicles.  Kare Bears reimburses drivers their gasoline costs on a per mile basis.  The estimated time commitment is 2-4 hours a month (or more if you wish)

We are also considering an oversight committee composed of people who have strategic planning experience, such as a lawyer, public relation person, and a marketing/sales person.


WE NEED YOU!

"NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS"

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Kare Bears has been featured on NBC Channel 12's "Hero Central" segment.  Click view the 2 minute video.