Initially constructed based on community needs assessments conducted in 1988, the Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources (C.I.D.E.R.) program,a highly awarded rural program helping older residents age in place, was implemented because of a recognized need to help residents without creating new housing developments. C.I.D.E.R. developed ways to strengthen community ties, and help older residents and those with disabilities in a manner that was cost effective. Since its inception, the program has grown to include a volunteer army of over 130 and 400 members. Community planners and local leaders seeking models for the development of successful community programs designed to help older adults may use C.I.D.E.R.as a possible best practices model.
In 2005, C.I.D.E.R. was acknowledged as the National Rural Transportation Program of the Year. In 2010, C.I.D.E.R. received the Governor’s award for Outstanding Community Service. Currently,C.I.D.E.R. is running a “1 Percent on One Day for One Goal” initiative that has businesses pledging one percent of revenue on a single day to C.I.D.E.R.’s program for enhancing home accessibility through building ramps, widening doorways, and other measures.
Other website highlights include:
- About Us: Gives the readerbackground information on the emergence of the C.I.D.E.R. program.
- News: Pulls up blog posts on a variety of activities, including food distribution, transportation, and accessibility programs.
Though the site does not provide a detailed, comprehensive look at C.I.D.E.R., it does provide enough information to get a basic understanding of what they do and how they do it.
How to Use
Community planners and local leaders in rural settings will want to pay particular attention to what C.I.D.E.R. is, its partnership with The United Way, and how it developed from a volunteer to a paid workforce. All leaders and planners can learn from best practices, such as this one. And, planners can view the steps C.I.D.E.R. took to involve the community as a whole and then apply those principles in their own local settings.
View the website: C.I.D.E.R. Vermont