Summer time is especially harsh on the volunteer force at The Center for Volunteer Caregiving. Volunteers are taking on extra activities or going on extended vacations. This can leave a large gap – called a summer slump – on our volunteer teams.
There are several people waiting for a volunteer including 76-year-old Annie, pictured above. Annie’s story is remarkable. Four years ago, Annie was burned almost beyond recognition due to an accident. She has made an incredible comeback, but as you can imagine, she struggles to accomplish some of the simplest tasks including light housekeeping. In order for Annie to remain in her apartment, she needs light housekeeping and help with picking things up off the floor. Annie’s smile is contagious and she is so appreciative of anyone who comes to visit.
Would you consider helping Annie continue living safely in her apartment? We are making it easier than ever to volunteer by offering an Online Orientation option that can be done in 3 easy modules which take about 20 minutes each to complete.
Our volunteers are more than just someone who gives a ride to the doctor or someone who drops in for a friendly visit from time-to-time. Volunteers at The Center are a lifeline – literally. Last month, when a volunteer stopped by for his weekly visit, he discovered the Care Receiver had fallen and couldn’t get up. Her phone was out of reach and she wasn’t wearing the medic alert. The volunteer sprang into action and got this sweet lady the help she needed. Thankfully, she made a full recovery and is back home.
Volunteers, You Rock!
No material value can truly be placed on the volunteers in nonprofits throughout our communities. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, 63 million Americans gave 8 billion hours of volunteer service worth $193 billion in 2016. And in North Carolina, volunteers’ time is valued at $22.99/hour, a 5% increase from the previous year. On behalf of The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, kudos and thank you!