April 15-21 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week. In recognition, each post this month will feature “blurbs” from some of the MANY volunteers who help us carry out our mission of caring every day. Each person who lends a hand at Concordia deserves our highest praise, and we are so thankful for each person.
If you have any stories to add, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below!
What she does: Folds towels, delivers newspapers and helps coordinate weekly Happy Hour
On volunteering: “I enjoy helping others and staying busy. Volunteering gives me a feeling of accomplishment.”
What she does: Counts Bingo chips, prepares schedules and menus and cuts out/delivers coupons
On volunteering: “I see that the girls need help from time to time, so I try my best to help. Volunteering becomes a habit and is a big part of my life.
What she does: Folds laundry, helps with Bingo and prepares schedules and menus
On volunteering: “I like to help others and keep my mind busy. My mom always said ‘it’s better to wear out than to rust out.’”
Sandy Schmerbeck of Plum Borough
What she does: Helps with bingo three days a week and teaches pencil art and watercolor once a month.
On volunteering: “My parents were residents at Ridgewood and I decided after their passing to continue helping. I enjoy being around the caring staff and spending time with the residents.”
Judy Gratz of Plum Borough
What she does: Calls bingo and visits residents
On volunteering: “The residents are so sweet, funny and grateful for anything we do for them. One lady invited me to her room to look at her wedding photos and share stories, advice and jokes. She’s become like a second mom to me.”
Gerry Williams and Elaine Abel of Murrysville
What they do: Assist with the weekly worship service at the facility
On volunteering: “The residents and staff are always friendly and welcoming. We love chatting with the residents and getting to know them.” Both are members at Calvary Lutheran Church in Murrysville.
Concordia Lutheran Ministries has been serving seniors for 130 years. Our activity departments at every level pride themselves on giving those in our care many opportunities for interactions with friends and family.