Unexpected Benefits

Elaine Whitford Give_Receive_Care

Do you know what color chicken lays green eggs? The answer is just one of the many unexpected things that came when Marge was matched last fall with a volunteer named Jade.

Marge is 73 and has lived in the same home for more than 25 years. She raised a family in the home and was the primary caregiver for her husband until he passed away 10 years ago. Recently, Marge has experienced dizzy spells, one of which caused her to fall and hit her head so hard on the dishwasher that it left a dent. The fall also broke her arm. Marge’s recovery time took longer than expected. Without family nearby, Marge needed someone to help clean her home so she wouldn’t fall again, as well as drive her to the grocery store and doctor.

Jade is 69 and has been in the U.S. about five years. Her primary language is Mandarin Chinese. Although Jade’s English has improved greatly, she seeks out opportunities to learn more as well as find ways to help others. To be effective volunteering, Jade knew she would need to use a translator to help her communicate more easily.

When Jade heard about Marge and her love of gardening, she knew it would be a good match. It didn’t take long for the two to become friends, bonding over gardening tips and games.

“Jade has been a Godsend and it’s nice that we can learn from each other,” said Marge.

When Jade’s chickens started laying more eggs than she could eat, she brought a dozen to Marge. You will have to watch the video to learn the color of the chicken that laid the green egg.

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