This week is National Volunteer Week! This is such a great opportunity to recognize and thank our volunteers at Mitchell-Hollingsworth, the hospitals, and all over the community for lending their time, talent, voice, and support to causes they love and care about. They certainly inspire with their kind and giving hearts and we are so grateful for them.
Have you ever thought about volunteering, but didn’t know what, how, or where to go to begin? We can be of assistance! If you’re on the fence, please know and understand that as a volunteer, you have the ability to spark change and improve the world. You have the ability to completely alter someone’s life. Life experiences are indispensable. Sometimes the life altered might be your own.
If you’re running low on ideas on how to volunteer, here are some ideas:
Spend quality time with a resident- It is such a meaningful experience to the resident. Learn about them, discover their passion, their skills, and absorb their memories and wisdom. If you don’t already know a senior at our facility, we may be able to find one or two that appreciate the time spent with a kind heart.
Bingo volunteer- You could call out numbers and help players find their called numbers on their cards.
Manicures- Residents love to feel beautiful! What’s better than beautiful freshly painted nails?
Four legged volunteers- Did you know we allow you to bring a friendly dog or cat? Speak with one of our resident representatives beforehand and schedule a time to come so residents can enjoy some pet therapy!
Transporting- Lend a hand and transport residents back and forth to their rooms. It’s a great opportunity for a quick chat.
Singing- Do you have a nice singing voice? The residents adore hearing all kinds of music!
Crafts- Have a craft in mind? We will help you put it in action. Our residents love doing something new and fun and are very open minded in trying new things.
Parties- We are always having parties! We host a monthly birthday party at the end of the month and could always use a hand handing out cupcakes and food, and keeping drinks filled.
If you’re still unsure of how you might be able to help out, then reach out to our Activity Director. She is the one who plans our calendar and will know where help and assistance is most needed. You might not think that volunteering at a nursing home would be all fun and games, but you’d be surprised!