Celebrating National Volunteer Week
Happy National Volunteer Week! Founded by Points of Light in 1974, National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging one another to make our communities stronger. Our beloved volunteers, the heartbeat of our organization, helps make Catholic Eldercare a place of community and one in which people thrive.
We took this week as an opportunity to give some of our beloved volunteers the well-deserved social media shine they deserve. Here, a round-up of their experiences straight from the heart paired with heartfelt words from our volunteer manager, facts about volunteering, and ways that you can get involved at Catholic Eldercare as a volunteer.
“I enjoy volunteering at Catholic Eldercare because of the outstanding clients. They have welcomed me into their routine, they have shared their stories, and have given me wonderful advice and wisdom around my college decision and future.” - Claire R.
“Claire is one of our brand new volunteers and the participants of our monthly movie nights are enhanced by her contagious enthusiasm!” - Diane Lucas
“Volunteering at Catholic Eldercare has been a very rewarding experience. The staff has been extremely helpful and I've enjoyed creating new friendships with the residents!” Zach R.
“Zach’s presence at MainStreet Lodge brings a fun sense of youth to the group!” - Diane Lucas
“I initially came to Catholic Eldercare to see my Aunt. However, I enjoyed it so much that I knew I had to join the team. And it was a VERY good decision!” - Robert K.
“Robert is a kick! He is a recurring volunteer who helps with the coffee bar at RiverVillage. The ladies love chatting with him!” - Diane Lucas
“Volunteering at Catholic Eldercare is like spending time with the family you love. Very fulfilling!” - Phillip J.
“Phillip volunteers many areas within our communities. He’s kind and caring, always going above and beyond his volunteer work making jewelry for LTC residents.” - Diane Lucas
Interesting Facts About Volunteering:
According to the Independent Sector, the estimated value of a volunteer hour in Minnesota is $26.40.
From lowering stress to boosting self-confidence, there are several links between volunteering and health benefits.
Volunteers spent a median of 52 hours on volunteer activities during the period from Sept. 2014 to Sept. 2015 (52 hours for men, 50 hours for women).
Of those who have or are currently volunteering for an organization, a majority of them say that they began volunteering because somebody asked.
Looking for ways to make an impact at Catholic Eldercare? We are currently seeking volunteers in the following areas:
- Transitional Services Transitional Care (TCU)
- Guest Services Transitional Care (TCU)
- Media & Information Transitional Care (TCU)
- Reception & Welcome in Transitional Care Unit (TCU)
- Pastoral Care Aides
- Saturday Mass Escorts
- Gift Shop Sales
- Dining Room Assistants
- One-to-one Visitors
- Special Events
- Monthly Shopping Trips
- Administrative Support
- Pets with a Purpose Visitors
For more information on how you can donate your time and talents, contact Diane Lucas, Business Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-362-2492.