Our Volunteer Recognition Event for Volunteer Recognition Month was a Success!
In honor of the over 4196 hours of service that our 148 volunteers gave in 2014-2015 to provide 1566 rides, 622 hours to deliver 3000 meals, make 618 home visits, teach 49 exercise classes, serve on the Board of Directors for 2080 hours, offer 43 blood pressure clinics, and do 75 hours of chores, we recognized our volunteers with brunch and door prizes on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, from 10 AM to noon. Over 40 volunteers attended this event and enjoyed socializing together and celebrating all that they have done to help seniors in St. Anthony Park.
Thanks to the following businesses for their donations and gift certificates for door prizes for this event: All Seasons Cleaners, Bibelot Shop, Colossal Cafe, Complexions on Carter, Dunn Bros. Coffee, Frattallone's Ace Hardware, Gabe's by the Park, Handi Medical, Micawber's Books, Muffuletta, Park Service, Speedy Market, and Sunrise Banks. Thanks also to St. Anthony Park United Methodist Church for the use of the space to hold this event.
One of our volunteers, Carol Mulroy, learned about St. Anthony Park Area Seniors (SAPAS) when her mother and her mother’s friend were receiving services such as rides to medical appointments and nursing and physical therapy in their homes. One day at Leisure Center Carol sat next to the program coordinator and mentioned that she really appreciated the Meals on Wheels program and would like to get involved delivering meals. From that day on she has volunteered for SAPAS in a variety of ways to help seniors such as visiting, giving rides, delivering Meals on Wheels and connecting them with additional services.
Carol appreciates how her life grows through volunteering. She thoroughly enjoys all of the warmth and stories that she and the seniors share with each other. Carol says after she retired she felt that her life was “as big as it could get”, but now she knows differently. By sharing stories and experiences with seniors, her life just keeps expanding.
Carol sees so many benefits to volunteering. Volunteers are able to meet with others, help them, and learn how to get along with all kinds of people. Volunteers help seniors to continue to live independently. “Who could live to be 99 on their own without some help?” Carol said.
Sometimes volunteers help clients as well as other volunteers. Here is what happened one day. Carol was helping a senior to get her legs cleaned up so that she could put her stockings on. Carol noticed that the senior’s legs were kind of swollen and scaly. Before Carol had the chance to pull up the senior’s stockings, the Meals on Wheels driver came to the door to deliver the senior’s lunch. The driver just happened to also be a nurse. She said, “She has cellulitis and needs to go to the hospital.” Off they went. Carol was so thankful for the volunteer Meals on Wheels driver that day who came and “saved the day”.
Benefits to Volunteering:
Click here to read about health benefits to volunteering as researched by the Corporation for National & Community Service.
Last year we had more than 140 volunteers provide direct service to seniors/caregivers, office help and/or serve in a leadership position in order to fulfill this mission. Will you join them? Check the list below to see the variety of opportunities for you to volunteer to help your neighbors. (For more information about volunteering with us, check out the volunteer handbook near the bottom of the page.)
- Form friendships by becoming a visitor
- Provide respite care so a family caregiver can have a break
- Drive people to health-related appointments, other appointments, or grocery shopping (must have car, valid driver's license and auto insurance)
- Run errands for grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, and other necessities
- Drive to deliver Meals-on-Wheels in Saint Anthony Park (Please call the SAPAS office at 651-642-9052, not Keystone Community Services, if you can't deliver on your assigned date.) (must have car, valid driver's license and auto insurance)
- Help with household projects
- Help with computer problems
- Serve as a SAPASeniors Board member
- Serve as a SAPASeniors Committee member
- Provide blood pressure checks
- Lead exercise classes
- Assist with fundraising
- Walk dogs
- Wash windows
- Help with seasonal chores (raking and garden work)
- Help in the office with mailings, computer work, etc.
To Apply to be a Volunteer:
Our Volunteer Handbook lays out guidance for St. Anthony Park Area Seniors volunteers.
You can download a copy HERE or you can view it in the reader below. Tip: To see it full screen just click the rectangle in the bottom right corner of the document.