SPOTLIGHT: STOP BY & SAY HI

Satellite Beach Police Department Volunteers

Satellite Beach Police Department
volunteer celebrates Ginny Shugars
95th Birthday.

This program provides weekly companionship, friendship, support, and basic resources to our city residents. The only requirement is to live in the city limits of the City of Satellite Beach. Residents can be any age or background. Referrals can be a friend, family member, or a neighbor. Resident may need companionship, be a caregiver, a shut-in, a cancer patient, lost a loved one or perhaps have no immediate family close by.

Visits can last from 15 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the resident. Some chat a little and some chat a lot! Barbara Holland from the SB Police Dept. states “Our residents deserve to stay plugged in with their community. Volunteers
share current crime trends, happenings in the city, events, new businesses in SB, current scams or just sit and  reminisce.”

Barbara goes on to say, “One member is legally blind and can’t always read her mail or recipes, our volunteers read her mail or newspapers to her and maybe rewrite a recipe so she can read it.” Volunteers can and have changed light bulbs
or pick up treats and flowers to celebrate special days. “During the pandemic, one member, would sit outside to visit with our volunteers. There was no shade where she sat. Our volunteer bought an umbrella for the resident to have, so they could spend more time visiting in the shade.”

“One member made a lunch every Thursday for our two volunteers who visited them, this was their chance to entertain and show their gratitude, they looked forward to this visit every week.”

Stop by and say Hi works hand in hand with the SB Fire Dept. Community Medic Program, Volunteers in Motion, and the SB United Methodist Church Nomads, to help keep the residents safe, healthy and get any home repairs made that might be needed, rides to doctor appointments, grocery runs etc.

A resident may need a tree cut down, a fence repaired etc., we reach out  to the SBUMC NOMADS, and they take care of that need. Volunteers in motion provides rides for the Stop by and Say Hi members to doctors, hair appointments and grocery stores. They are always in need of VOLUNTEERS for this program! It requires a 2-to-3-hour same day commitment, once a week.

For more information, please contact Barbara Holland at the Satellite Beach Police Department, phone number: (321) 773-4400. Ex.507 or bholland@satellitebeach.org