The holiday season is fast approaching! Did you know that volunteer hours across the country increase 30 percent in the months of November and December?
National Church Residences is thankful to have volunteers in its facilities all year long sharing their talents and time with our residents. Here are just a few examples of some of our favorite stories from 2013 so far.
January: Students from the Ohio State University participated in a national day of services on Martin Luther King Day. They came to our Center for Senior Health locations to spend time with residents, play games and have lunch!
February: Alex Landefield began a year-long series of Tai Chi classes at two of our communities: Sharpsburg Towers and Shaler Oaks, both in the Pittsburgh, Pa. area.
Alex adapted his program for residents who prefer to sit down.
March: Jack Roman is a resident at the Landings of St. Andrews in New Port Richey, FL. Luis Rosario, the Property Manager, asked Jack to volunteer a couple hours a week assisting with light housekeeping and vacuuming. What began as a simple request has turned into a major contribution from this resident. Jack now volunteers close to 40 hours a week vacuuming twenty 75-foot long carpeted corridors in the six-story building.
April: James Neal is a student at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO, studying Exercise Science. He is currently serving an internship at National Church Residences’ Church Street Village, Grace Gardens, Jaycee Fairgrounds and Jaycee Terrace in Missouri. James started by testing the balance, strength and flexibility of residents and then teaching them exercises to improve in the areas. The results have been dramatically positive.
May: The volunteers at the National Church Residences Chillicothe Campus have served close to 6,000 hours over the course of the year. So there was much need to celebrate! Many thanks to this dedicated group that selflessly serves our residents and furthers our mission.
June through August: Clients at the Center for Senior Health helped with our Golf Classic preparations and stuffed the gift bags that were given to all golf participants at the annual Golf Classic.
September: In partnership with Humana, Columbus Early Learning Centers, The Ohio State University, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, and Partners Achieving Community Transformation, we built a playground!!
Nearly 300 volunteers from all of these groups and more came together on Saturday to build an inter-generational playground that will serve children and seniors alike at Poindexter Village Day Care Center. Home to our future Center for Senior Health and so much more!
October: Our Commons at Buckingham residentsgathered with Cardinal Health volunteers for a cook out and to watch the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Iowa Hawkeyes.
November: In honor of Veteran’s Day, 45 volunteers from Huntington Bank provided food, conversation and gratitude to nearly 200 residents of our Permanent Supportive Housing communities, including 50 veterans that were celebrated for their service to our country. Many thanks to Huntington for hosting these events and most importantly thank you to our veterans!