Friends Helping Friends is a group of River Bend volunteers acting as Good Samaritans to provide help to residents who need transportation to medical appointments, pharmacies or a shopping trip. There is no charge to the recipient for these services and they do not have to be a member of Friends Helping Friends to request assistance.

Volunteers will provide transportation services to River Bend residents within River Bend, to New Bern (city limits), Trent Woods and Pollocksville. Normal services will be provided Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 5:00pm.  Residents seeking assistance are asked to please call the Coordinator number – 252-876-5089 – at least 48 hours in advance. We thank the River Bend Garden Club for funding the phone.

Friends Helping Friends also has a lending inventory of medical equipment maintained by Luci Avery. If you are in need of short-term use of equipment, call Luci at 252-637-6823. We will accept medical equipment in good condition to add to our inventory.

We are very thankful for our current team of volunteers. But, to continue this important mission for our residents we urgently need coordinators and volunteers. Please consider volunteering your time for no more than a few hours a month.

If you have any questions or want to join Friends Helping Friends,
please call the Coordinator phone at
252-876-5089 or

Lona Farula at
252-633-9322 or

Egon Lippert at

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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