Thursday July 19, 2012
During a recent luncheon at Grand Way Commons in South Burlington, Cathedral Square recognized the extraordinary efforts of its volunteers at the 2nd Annual Volunteer Luncheon. Nancy Eldridge, Cathedral Square’s executive director, thanked the volunteers for their commitment, emphasizing the growing needs of our senior population across the state.
Over 125 Cathedral Square volunteers participate in a variety of activities which include facilitating book groups, transcribing residents’ life stories, leading walking groups, escorting residents to medical appointments, and running weekly luncheons and coffee hours. Beth Alpert, volunteer coordinator for Cathedral Square and coordinator of this year’s event, says, “Cathedral Square’s SASH program facilitates streamlined access to the services necessary to remain safely at home. Our volunteers are an integral part of this system. We truly could not provide all the services necessary to remain at home without their enthusiasm and tireless energy.”
When asked why they volunteer, answers are as varied as the opportunities available. “It gives me a sense of purpose and pride” said a resident of Grandway Commons. Marvin S. said “It makes me feel like part of a family.” Bill and Dot said, “It’s part of our religion.”
Whatever the reason, we are so very fortunate to have these individuals willing to give countless hours of their time. In the month of May alone, we had one volunteer give 114 hours of their time.
To learn more about volunteering with Cathedral Square, visit our website at CathedralSquare.org or contact Beth Alpert, volunteer coordinator at 802-861-3297 or Alpert@cathedralsquare.org.
SOURCE: Cathedral Square