Who We Are
We are a network of caring volunteers who assist seniors to live safely and independently with respect and dignity. We help Adults 60+ who require temporary or long-term assistance in Washburn County and cannot obtain or afford help elsewhere.
Do you have a neighbor, friend, or family member who would appreciate a little extra help or companionship? If so, it's the perfect time to give them the Gift of Independence by telling them about Faith in Action.
Office Hours 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Dawn Dunsmoor - Program Assistant
Dawn joined Faith in Action in January 2019. Dawn stays very active teaching dance classes. She enjoys painting, reading, cooking and spending time with family.
"I am so excited to join Faith in Action again. I worked as the first Faith in Action Director in 2004. So, now I have come home. I love interacting with the people we serve and our volunteers. We have the best volunteers! It really does feed the heart to feel that you've helped someone today."
The History of Interfaith Volunteer Caregiving and Faith in Action Programs
In 1984, twenty-five interfaith coalitions (congregations of churches, temples, and synagogues) began to experience the strength and effectiveness of working together in a ministry of volunteer caregiving. Aware of the great unmet needs of so many in our country, a national federation was formed with a single purpose: to assist congregations of all faiths to come together to provide an effective volunteer caregiving ministry. Today, there are about 1,000 Interfaith Volunteer Caregiver and Faith in Action projects throughout the United States, Washington DC, and the territories of Guam and the Virgin Islands. Start-up funds were provided through grants from The Robert Wood-Johnson Foundation.
The Background of Washburn County’s Faith in Action Program
Audrey Gipple, then Director of the Washburn County Unit on Aging, noticed an increasing amount of unmet needs among seniors and disabled residents of the county. She contacted county churches and service agencies and applied for a $25,000 Robert Wood-Johnson Foundation grant. The grant was awarded May 1, 2004.