Island caregiving group changes name, not mission

Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers is changing its name, but not its goal.

The Bainbridge-based volunteer organization dedicated to assisting elderly, disabled and otherwise vulnerable citizens will officially rebrand itself as Island Volunteer Caregivers, effective Wednesday, Jan. 15.

The organization's board decided on the change "so that our name will more clearly reflect the inclusivity of our organization and mission - welcoming and involving care receivers, volunteers and supporters of any and all backgrounds and regardless of presence or absence of religious affiliations or beliefs," said Dick Goff, president of the IVC board.

Goff said that though the group's name would change, its mission would stay the same.

"With the help of caring volunteers and supporters from many segments of the community, we will continue to enable volunteer opportunities for compassionate service to neighbors in need," he said.

Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers was started in 1996 by members of several island religious congregations. Its mission is to recruit and train volunteers and connect them with community residents in need.

Services offered by IVC, all free of charge, include transportation for health care or other important purposes, light housekeeping, help with gardening or pet care, reading to visually impaired people, visitation, delivering flowers to shut-ins and respite care to relieve family caregivers.

The organization has more than 130 volunteers who last year alone provided more than 7,000 hours of assistance to approximately 200 citizens.

To learn more about IVC, visit


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