PRLog - March 5, 2014 - HAMILTON, N.J. -- A $25,000 grant from the Princeton Area Community Foundation will greatly help Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County (ICGMC) continue to provide free services, such as transportation, grocery shopping, visits, meals and home repair, to local senior citizens and people of all ages with disabilities.
This year, Interfaith Caregivers marks its 20th Anniversary.
The grant comes as ICGMC celebrates its 20thanniversary and concludes a year of record-breaking demand and service levels, including a 21 percent increase in people served (386), a 92 percent increase in new care receivers (196), and a 27 percent increase in service hours (15,015) from 2012 to 2013.
The ICGMC grant is part of a total of $460,000 in competitive grants awarded through the Community Foundation’s signature program, Greater Mercer Grants. The competitive grants go to local nonprofit organizations to help build social capital and provide opportunities to low-income individuals and families.
“This grant could not have come at a better time,” said Jane Latini, ICGMC Executive Director. “Our ever-maturing population and local demographics necessitate the need for our services in 2014 and beyond,” she added.
The Community Foundation has been a longtime supporter of ICGMC’s volunteer efforts, and its funding has resulted in more people in need of care being able to age gracefully and comfortably in Mercer County homes.
ICGMC relies on more than 300 dedicated volunteers from 27 interdenominational congregations throughout the County, as well as individual, corporate, foundation and government support. Volunteers are professionally screened and trained, and all services are provided without proselytization or regard to religious affiliation.
Throughout 2014, ICGMC will celebrate its volunteers and its 20 years of service to the community with special events and programs. To request services, volunteer and/or support Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County, visit www.icgmc.org and/or call 609-393-9922.
For more information about the Community Foundation, go to www.pacf.org or call (609) 219–1800. The Community Foundation invests and administers charitable funds, award grants and scholarships, and provides an array of services to promote philanthropy and support the local nonprofit sector in the Mercer County area.