Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has–Margaret Mead
We are a group of children, grandchildren, business owners, caregivers, friends, and volunteers who teamed up in 2013 to raise $35,000 in 35 days to purchase electric-assisted wheelchair bikes and helmets so that non-ambulatory folks (particularly the elderly residents of Our Island Home–Nantucket’s only skilled nursing home facility) could be taken out by trained volunteers for a 2 hour bike ride 2 – 5 days/week from Memorial Day-Labor Day. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all the volunteers and sponsors who helped bring our vision to life!
Fast forward to 2021, CV 19 is behind us, our unforgettable founder has moved off island, but the Wheeler Program continues. We are a smaller group, but growing every day. Its the Wheeler volunteers that understand how precious it is to get the aged and / or non-ambulitory residents of the island out in the fresh air. We pick them up at OIH somber and bring them home with a smile on their face and a renewed twinkle in their eye. Its so rewarding…!
Founder: Darcy Creech Marelli
Co-Presidents: Tony and Cindy Cahill – tcahilljr1(at)gmail.com, cynthiacahill(at)gmail.com
Founding Advisory Board:
Alison Forsgren: Chairperson, Friends of Our Island Home
Chuck Gifford: Executive Director, Sherburne Commons
Brenda McDonough: Facilitator, Nantucket Commission on Disability
Pam Meriam: Director of Human Services, Town of Nantucket
Sheri Hunt: Executive Director, Elder Services of Cape Cod & The Islands
Jason Bridges: Owner, Nantucket Bike Tours