Care Bear & Sunshine Committee
CARE BEAR COMMITTEE POLICY
This committee consists of the Care Bear and the Sunshine Committee, a group of volunteer members who are available to make hospital/home visits and to assist a member if needed during illness or after injury or surgery. Members should notify the Care Bear if they know of anyone needing assistance or anyone that has suffered an injury or has had recent surgery. The current Care Bear contact information can be found on the Contacts page of our website.
The Care Bear will purchase and send get well cards to members for illness, surgery, injury and bereavement. The Board shall have a budget item for this committee annually. When the amount spent for cards and stamps reaches approximately $50.00, receipts should be submitted to the Club Treasurer for reimbursement, along with an “Expense Reimbursement Request Form” which can be found on the website under the Forms tab.
When a member has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, or has had surgery, or is rehabilitating from injury or surgery, the Care Bear will contact that person and ask whether they would like hospital or home visits or needs of minor assistance, such as getting to and from doctor/physical therapy appointments, small errands, grocery shopping, minor housekeeping tasks, etc. If the person wishes assistance, the Care Bear will solicit someone on the Sunshine Committee to visit that member at home or in the hospital and assist in any manner that they are able. Upon the death of a member, a member’s spouse, significant other or child, the Care Bear will immediately send a sympathy card.
If a member has been diagnosed with a severe illness or injury, Care Bear will contact that person to ascertain whether they wish the illness or injury to be known. If it is their wish that the illness or injury be known and they would like assistance or a visit, Care Bear will solicit someone on the Sunshine Committee to personally follow-up with that member. If it is their wish that the illness or injury NOT be known, Care Bear will make acknowledgement by sending a card only.