Adjacent to the Potomac River, Cabin John is a woodsy residential community of some 860 homes in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition to roughly 2,300 people that call Cabin John home, there are dozens of businesses based here. While most are small enterprises offering professional services, there are several restaurants, a couple of markets, a beauty salon, a dry cleaners, a neighborhood pool and a post office. In addition, the Montgomery County Recreation Department operates the Clara Barton Community Center, which offers activities, an exercise room, a summer camp and special events.
Cabin John’s strong sense of esprit de corps comes from its residents. One example of this is the Neighbor 2 Neighbor program. N2N was started with the mission of helping Cabin John residents age in place, to be able to stay in their own homes with a little help. Primarily we were focused—and still are—on older neighbors who can’t do as much as they once could. But sometimes folks of any age need temporary help at a rough stretch. And all of us from time to time need reliable referrals for services.
N2N has a long list of willing volunteers. If you or someone on your street could use some help in any of the following ways, please don’t hesitate to let us know: gardening, yard clearing after storms, tax preparation including breaks for seniors or below certain income, paper work, simple estate planning, medical power of attorney, paying bills, cooking a meal, being on hand for a repairman, companion on a walk, transportation to medical appointments or grocery shopping, simple household repairs, heavy moving. We have volunteers who have specifically offered with those task. The N2N volunteer coordinator is Judith Bell, She can be reached at 301-704-2421. Susan Shipp — 202-297-8716 — and Bob Norris — 301-229-1649 — are also available to arrange neighborly assistance.