Community Foundation Awards Sustainability Grant to Neighbor to Neighbor

The Door County Community Foundation has awarded Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County, Inc. a Sustainability Grant from the Ruth & Hartley Barker Memorial Fund and the John and Nell Herlache Community Impact Fund. This grant will help fill the need for bariatric-sized medical equipment within the Medical Equipment Loan program facilitated by Neighbor to Neighbor.

Bariatric-sized medical equipment makes Door County safer for the vulnerable populations by enhancing safety services available to those in need of medical equipment with a weight capacity up to 500lbs. In the interest of these vulnerable individuals, Neighbor to Neighbor will add some of the following pieces in bariatric sizes to their stock: wheelchairs, 4-wheeled walkers with seats, 2-wheeled walkers, commodes, bath benches, and bath transfer benches to accommodate individuals weighing up to 500 lbs.

“Bariatric equipment is often cost prohibitive to patient and families so unsafe substitutes are obtained putting patients at risk for injury,” said Marcia Smith, Vice Chair of the Door County Community Foundation. “The Community Foundation is pleased to support the purchase of this equipment, allowing Neighbor to Neighbor to assist those in need.”

2016-10-05-n-2-nFrom left to right, Ann Bennett, Executive Director of Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers and Marcia Smith, Vice Chair of the Door County Community Foundation.

Neighbor-to-Neighbor is a non-profit organization that comforts and assists people experiencing problems arising from conditions or limitations that lead to a deterioration in their quality of life.  Since 1981, Neighbor to Neighbor has offered four core programs:  Medical Equipment Loans facilitated through three medical equipment loan facilities located in Sturgeon Bay, Northern Door and Washington Island, Peer Companions, Respite Care, and the Lemonade Club which is a support group for cancer patients and survivors.

The many committed volunteers of Neighbor to Neighbor help to ensure that Door County residents have access to needed programs and services that saves their clients thousands of dollars annually and allows them to live at home independently and safely.

For more information about Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers, please visit or call 920-743-7800.

The Door County Community Foundation’s Sustainability Grants program distributes grant dollars from funds such as the Arts Fund, Children & Youth Fund, Education Fund, Green Fund, Health & Human Needs Fund, Healthy Water Fund, Historic Preservation Fund, and the Women’s Fund.

For more information about the Community Foundation’s services and various grant programs, please visit

The Door County Community Foundation, Inc. is a collection of separate charitable funds set up by individuals, families, non-profit organizations, private foundations and businesses that are managed, invested and disbursed for the current and future good of Door County.  The Foundation was launched in 1999 and currently administers more than $17 million in charitable assets.



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