Outstanding volunteers and a community partner were recognized at The Center for Volunteer Caregiving’s annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon held on April 25 at SearStone Retirement Community in Cary.
“Since we opened our doors 25 years ago, our volunteers’ compassion and generosity have made our mission possible,” said Lynn Templeton, Executive Director for The Center.
The Center Staff recognized the following four volunteers for their outstanding service.
Tom Attaway drove more than 5,000 miles last year. He could have traveled to California and back. Instead, Tom volunteered with The Center for Volunteer Caregiving to provide transportation for seniors and adults with disabilities. “It’s been my joy and privilege to help,” said Tom.
Bob Bailey dedicates his volunteer efforts to Caregiver Respite for Howard and his wife. Bob’s willingness to commit to a regular time with Howard, diagnosed with dementia, makes it possible for Howard’s wife to have a break. The highlight of Howard’s week is when Bob comes to play checkers.
Ed Yahner was recognized for volunteering in The Center’s In-Home Connections program. When Ed retired, he wanted something meaningful to do with his time. We are thankful that in the last year, Ed spent more than 150 hours visiting with seniors. For some, Ed is the only friendly visitor they see each week.
This year’s John M. Meares, Sr. Award was given to The Town of Cary. Marla Dorrel, honorary board member and former Town of Cary Councilmember received this prestigious award on Cary’s behalf for their commitment to the spirit and tradition of “Neighbor Helping Neighbor.”
Each year, The Center recognizes volunteers during National Volunteer Week. Many thanks to all our volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to our Care Receivers.
Mark your calendar for June 14, our day to celebrate all of our volunteers with a sweet treat from Ben & Jerry’s. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or RSVP.
The Center by the numbers for 2015-2016:
- 3,904 one-way rides were provided by volunteers and taxis.
- 41,649 miles were driven by Transportation Volunteers.
- 797 Care Receivers received services over the course of the fiscal year.
- 635 Volunteers provided services over the course of the fiscal year.
- 443.5 hours of education provided during caregiver/dementia workshops and Caregiver Academy.National Volunteer Appreciation Week