A local group of volunteers in River Bend has established an organization to provide assistance to residents who may need temporary help and do not have a local caregiver.

Working as “Good Samaritans,” the volunteers will provide the following types of assistance:

  • Take someone shopping or do limited shopping for a recipient.
  • Take someone to a doctor or other type of appointment
  • Take someone to church (in some cases)
  • Walk a dog or take care of a cat
  • Sit with a family member (does not include baby sitting for children) to give a caregiver some “time off”
  • Read to, or write a letter for, an incapacitated neighbor
  • Provide other services if acceptable to the volunteer
  • Lending various health care and recovery items such as canes, wheelchairs and walkers

There is no charge to the recipient for these services and you do not have to be a member of Friends Helping Friends to request assistance.

Excluding taking a resident to a doctor or possibly a medical building, volunteers will not provide any type of medical assistance. Such needs should be directed to the RHEMS Emergency Services.

Volunteers will only provide service to River Bend residents with travel within River Bend and to New Bern (city limits), Trent Woods and Pollocksville.

Normal services will be rendered Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM and animal care is also available on weekends and holidays.  Residents seeking assistance should call 48 hours in advance where possible.

Residents may seek assistance by calling

If there is no answer, please leave a message and a volunteer will contact you.

If you would care to become a volunteer and help your neighbors, please call

Maureen Schwerdtfeger, the Chairperson of Friends Helping Friends, at 638-6081.

Other leaders of the organization include Luci Avery, Sheila O'Neill, and Nance Kubik.

Friends Helping Friends is not affiliated with the Town of River Bend but was started by and is comprised of caring members of this community in order to be of service to their neighbors.




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