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Here are some stories about MNHN that appeared in the Mountain Network News

April 2014

Mountain Neighbors: More Than a Ride!

Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors (MNHN) has a beautiful new professionally-made video to help us tell our story. We say that we are "more than a ride." We also do laundry, chop wood, install smoke detectors, clean culverts, and many other things. We also offer care and support for the isolation that can set in when illness or disability limit mobility. When we don't have the necessary expertise or the need is more appropriate for professionals, we direct people to various county or local agencies the can help.

There is another way that MNHN is "more than a ride." By connecting volunteers with people who need some help, we are building stronger ties in our community. People are also connecting over crafts, games, hobbies, or computer skills across neighborhoods, across generations, and across faith communities. We are proud to be part of the growing awareness of the strengths and power we can have in community.

Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors has entered into an official relationship with South Skyline Association to bring the practices and services we have in the Summit area to the South Skyline community. We are currently recruiting volunteers in that area, and in April, we hope to begin taking care requests as well. For the time being, we will share organization skills, such as connecting volunteers to care receivers.

Everyone who wants to volunteer and anyone who needs some support is urged to call MNHN at 408-353-4565 or email us at MNHN95033@gmail.com. For more information, including a volunteer application, check out our website at MNHN95033.org.

Don't wait, call us now!

Patricia Wood


March 2014

Community Forum

Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors (MNHN) and Skyland Church want to invite you to a community forum about the work of MNHN in our community on Sunday, March 23, at 11:45 am at Whitaker Hall, Skyland Church, 25100 Skyland Road. The occasion will also be the premier of a professionally produced video of interviews with volunteers and care receivers.

Come to hear the latest about the growing community organization that MNHN has become. We will also consider offering some specific training opportunities in the future, such as senior driving education or prevention of falls around the home. Please join us to add your suggestions.

Our second new development is that we have some volunteer interest from our neighbors in the north most area of Santa Cruz County. This means that we may be able to provide neighborly assistance to more of our mountain community! Stay tuned for more developments!

Please remember us if you need some of this neighborly help. Remember the joy of helping someone who needs that bit of assistance? Give someone else that joy; ask for help!

If you need a bit of help or have an ongoing need, please call us. You are a gift to your community. There are people who are waiting to help you; they just need a chance to share their skills. Please call 408-353-4565, or email mnhn95033@gmail.com

Our next Board meeting will be Tuesday, February 25, from 1:30 to 2:30pm. Our meetings are open, and everyone from the community is welcome. We will meet at Whitaker Hall, Skyland Church, 25100 Skyland Road.

Read more about Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors at MNHN95033.org.

Patricia Wood


January 2014

Neighborly Winter Help

As we enter January, the heart of Winter, we also enter the core of the flu season which carries a high risk of developing pneumonia. Pneumonia is the fourth leading cause of death among elders and those with chronic illness and often occurs when one's system is weakened by colds, flu, or bronchitis. The chances of infection are increased by spending more time in enclosed areas with others, as one does during family-oriented holidays or during cold, inclement weather.

Rest and avoiding crowds and harsh cold air, along with healthy nutrition and plenty of healthy fluids are important ways to avoid pneumonia and other complications of flu and colds. If you are dealing with these issues, consider asking Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors for some grocery or pharmacy shopping help. We can fetch supplies that you may need in order to regain your strength, even though we may not stay for an in-person visit until you are more healthy.

Alternatively, you may need help to get firewood stacked near your stove or fireplace; clearing a ditch; or just a bit of company. In all these cases, please call us as soon as possible.

Also, for your information, Patricia Wood's Ordination into Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the United Church of Christ has been rescheduled to Saturday, January 25, 2pm at Skyland Church. Everyone is invited. Please come!

If you need a bit of help or have an ongoing need, please call us. You are a gift to your community. There are people who are waiting to help you; they just need a chance to share their skills. Please call 408-353-4565, or email mnhn95033@gmail.com

Our January Board meeting will be Thursday, January 9, from 1:30 to 2:30pm. Our meetings are open, and everyone from the community is welcome. We will meet at Whitaker Hall, Skyland Church, 25100 Skyland Road.

Read more about Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors at MNHN95033.org.

May you have a wonderful, healthy New Year!


December 2013

Mountain Neighbors Looking Forward

by Patricia Wood

Mountain Neighbor Helping Neighbors is proud to announce that we are only one step away from U.S. government recognition of our tax-exempt status. We are recognized by the State of California as a public benefit, non-profit, corporation, and we have just received our Tax I.D number from the IRS. Final recognition should come through soon, though it may have been delayed for a couple of weeks. Congratulations to all who have volunteered, attended meetings, or spread the word in our community; you all made this possible! We are very excited.

The impact of our full status is potentially a big difference to our community. Tax-exempt status makes it possible for us to consider offering other community events and services. We may be able to partner with other organizations which can only collaborate with other official tax exempt organizations. We may also be able to consider applying for community service grants and programs. The possibilities for our community will open up in ways we cannot even consider today.

On another item of interest, on Saturday January 11, at 2 pm, Patricia Wood will be ordained a minister in the United Church of Christ at Skyland Church. Patricia is our Spiritual Care Coordinator. Please come to celebrate her work as a minister to the community. All are welcome!

Please remember Mountain Neighbors to your friends and neighbors who might need some support through the winter (yes, we are hoping for rain to come soon, too) and into the spring. These are tough seasons in our mountains for those who have mobility challenges. Remember, we can help with rides, shopping, basic household chores, and yard assistance. Just ask, we will do our best to serve each other.

If you need a bit of help or have an ongoing need, please call us. You are a gift to your community. There are people who are waiting to help you; they just need a chance to share their skills. Please call 408-353-4565, or email mnhn95033@gmail.com

Our December Board meeting will be Thursday, December 5, from 1:30 to 3pm. Our meetings are open, and everyone from the community is welcome. We will meet at Whitaker Hall, Skyland Church, 25100 Skyland Road.

Read more about Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors at MNHN95033.org.


November 2013 from Patricia Wood

More Resources from MNHN

This month I want to share some resources I have run across in our efforts to provide options for people who call asking for services that Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors does not yet provide.

Computer competency is such a skill. While many people can use email or access videos, however video chat and other forms of social media are more puzzling. Also challenging is hitting a wrong key while trying something new and messing up our comfortable setup. The Willows Senior Net Learning Center offers a free open lab with help on Wednesdays from 2-4pm. Other offerings may require fees. They also offer User Group Meetings, including an iPad User Group, for those "from novice to geeks." Willows Senior Net meets at the Willow Glen Community Center's Multipurpose Room, at 2175 Lincoln Ave, San Jose. Check them out at http://www.snlrsj.org/willows

Also, check out the computer courses offered by the Los Gatos Saratoga Recreation Department. See their website at http://www.lgsrecreation.org/

For information about a wide range of services offered outside our community, both Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties offer booklets that list various resources, services, and information for Seniors. You can get yours by contacting your County Supervisor or by looking on line as listed:

for Santa Clara County SeniorCitizensResourceDirectory.com

for Santa Cruz County seniornetworkservices.org

Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors offers volunteer non-professional, non-medical services for 95033 residents, especially seniors, who need help with minor chores, rides for doctor visits, medical treatments, and errands which they can not provide for themselves.

If you need a bit of help or have an ongoing need, please call us. You are a gift to your community. There are people who are waiting to help you; they just need a chance to share their skills. Please call 408-353-4565, or email mnhn95033@gmail.com

Our November Board meeting will be Thursday, November 7, from 1:30 to 3pm. Our meetings are open, and everyone from the community is welcome. We will meet at Whitaker Hall, Skyland Church, 25100 Skyland Road. Read more about Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors at MNHN95033.org.


October 2013

The Secret to Happiness

by Patricia Wood

for Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors

According to Dr. Mark Hyman, a practicing physician, founder of The UltraWellness Center, a five-time New York Times bestselling author, and an international leader in the field of Functional Medicine, the secret to happiness is selfless service to others. As Dr. Hyman says,

"Happiness is what our nation is founded on -- life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

But maybe we have it all wrong in pursuing happiness through fierce individualism and seeking out material things, which give us momentary pleasure and success. . . . It can be a kind word, a gentle touch, a thoughtful deed or a hand to someone who needs it. Sometimes I give money, but that doesn't make me nearly as happy as the giving of my time and my personal actions to serve others with compassion. . . .

Think of one compassionate act of service you can do today. The opportunities are all around us. Try to do five acts in a day -- your happiness will grow and grow. You can't think or talk your way into happiness. I have realized that happiness is an action."

It is interesting that all the major world religions have the idea of compassionate service at the core of their beliefs. We often hear the "Golden Rule" quoted, "Do unto others as you have them do unto you."

At Mountain Neighbors Helping Neighbors, we can offer you the chance to help a neighbor who is facing a challenge and needs a hand to get through the day, the week, or the month. MNHN is your organization, made up of people like you, with a skill you can share. We need all levels of helpers, whether your gift is gardening, sweeping a floor or porch, flipping a mattress, repairing a doorbell, stacking wood, giving rides to medical care, or showing someone how to use social media to connect with friends and family. We also offer support to our volunteers as well. If you want some help to discover your gifts, or explore some special interest with a like-minded person, please contact us. We may have someone who shares your interests and needs your company while they are recovering.

On the other side, if you need a bit of help, no matter how small, you have the chance to bring happiness to others. Please be generous with your neighbors; give us a chance to help you and to share our happiness with you. Remember Dr. Mark Hyman's prescription for us all, "Serve others with love and compassion. That's it. Guaranteed happiness is just a few minutes away."

As occasional caregivers, we all have moments when we need support as well. Our meetings and trainings offer a chance to share our skills and receive that support. The Board and Steering Committee will be meeting on Thursday, October 3, 1:30 pm, at Skyland Church. Everyone is welcome.

You can read more about our opportunities and services on MNHN95033.org or you can email mnhn95033@gmail.com or you can call Patricia Wood, Chairperson and Spiritual Care Coordinator at 408-353-4565.