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Volunteers Make a Difference at Concordia (part 2)

April 10, 2012

April 15-21 is National Volunteer 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 Lutheran Ministries deserves our highest praise, and we are so thankful for what they do.

In last week's post, we featured some volunteers from Cabot Personal Care and Concordia at Ridgewood Place, one of our Personal Care facilities in Plum Borough. If you have any stories to add, please don't hesitate to leave them in the comments section below!

Concordia at Cabot SNF Volunteer Spotlight

Dana McCoy

Depending on an individual's mindset, volunteering could be looked at as working for free. Concordia volunteer Dana McCoy has taken that idea and ran with it.

After working as Director of Activities for Concordia at Cabot for 22 years, Dana is now leading a weekly devotional group called Manna Moments. Clearly, she didn't have to look hard to find the volunteer opportunity she was looking for after retiring.

"I was blessed during my years working at Concordia, and I feel just as blessed now volunteering," Dana said. "I always feel appreciated and many people thank me."

With so many years at Concordia, Dana could probably fill a book with her stories. One, in particular, moves her every time she thinks about it.

"The best thing was when a resident who is over 100 years old and I sang ?God Will Take Care of You' together. But she changed the last word to ?God will take care of me.'"

Concordia at the Orchard Volunteer Spotlight

Sharon Einstein from SNIPS Hair Design in Butler

There's a certain feeling that comes with being pampered a feeling that can take you from gloomy to sky-high in a few minutes flat. Concordia at the Orchard volunteer Sharon Einstein is what you would call a purveyor of that feeling.

For the last year, Sharon has volunteered her skills in cutting, filing and polishing residents' nails. Social responsibility and a fondness for seniors brought her to Concordia; the look on the faces of those she works with keeps her coming back.

"I feel everyone should try to do something good for someone else on a regular basis," Sharon said. "One of the best things about volunteering at Concordia is the satisfaction of helping others. I always feel good when I leave here; the ladies are very appreciative."

Sharon said her favorite memory of volunteering was when she offered a Christmas manicure day for the residents. Her sister (Susan Nagle) and two daughters (Maggie Craig and Emily) came to help, bringing in paraffin wax and massaging the ladies hands along with giving manicures.

"It was a good day for all and very rewarding," she said.

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Concordia is always looking for interested community members to help in a number of areas. Our volunteers perform important and rewarding work, and can choose the duties, location and schedule most fitting to them. No prior experience is needed, just an open heart and the desire to change a life.

Volunteers contribute in many ways, including:

Music or dance talents

Helping with parties/special events/outings

Visiting residents and wheelchair walks

Quilting and sewing various items

Pet Therapy visits

Recycling cans and newspaper

Office help

Delivering mail/papers

Light yardwork

Assisting with chapel services

And much more!

Those interested in volunteering should call one of the locations listed below and ask for volunteer opportunities. For more information on Concordia Lutheran Ministries, visit our website or e-mail us here.

Concordia at Cabot

134 Marwood Road

Cabot, PA 16023

Phone: (724) 352-1571

Concordia at Ridgewood Place

1460 Renton Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15239

Phone: (412) 798-1855

Concordia at The Orchard

1312 N. Main Street Extension

Butler, PA 16001

Phone: (724) 285-4490

Concordia at Rebecca Residence

3746 Cedar Ridge Road

Allison Park, PA 15101

Phone: (724) 444-0600

Good Samaritan Hospice

3500 Brooktree Road, Ste. 320

Wexford, PA 15090

Phone: (724) 933-8888

Concordia of the South Hills

1300 Bower Hill Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15243

Phone: (412) 278-1300

Concordia of Cranberry

10 Adams Ridge Boulevard

Mars, PA 16046

Phone: (724) 779-4300

Concordia of Fox Chapel

931 Route 910

Cheswick, PA 15024

Phone: (412) 767-5808

Concordia of Franklin Park

1600 Georgetowne Drive

Sewickley, PA 15143

Phone: (724) 935-1075

Concordia of Wexford

125 Brown Road

Wexford, PA 15090

Phone: (724) 935-1266

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