Summer comes with a great deal of anticipation. Children close textbooks and look forward to long days of playing with friends, hanging out at the pool, and chasing down the ice cream truck for cold, sweet treats. Even many adults count down the days until their vacation getaways, spending days beautifying their lawns and growing gardens. For some, summer means grilling out with friends, outdoor concerts and festivals or simply kicking back and enjoying a little down time.
During the Summer, what thrills us most here at Senior Services is when community members choose to spend a bit of their season volunteering to help older adults in our programs know just how much they are thought about and cared for. Each year, the Summer brings opportunities to introduce new friends to our agency and welcome back old friends and supporters, too. This summer we were especially fortunate to have many individuals and groups carve out time to support seniors.
We were thrilled to welcome quite a few students into our volunteer ranks and were amazed at their willingness to do their part—no matter the task. These impressive young people planted flowers, cleaned around the office, power washed sidewalks, wrote notes of encouragement to seniors, volunteered to deliver Meals-on-Wheels, and more. They approached each task with infectious smiles and enthusiasm.
Not to be outdone, the adults in our community came through in large numbers. Individuals, local businesses, as well as faith-based and civic organizations came in to lend a hand delivering meals, stuffing envelopes, using their expertise for administrative tasks, making wellness calls to participants, helping as they were able at the Williams Adult Day Center, and lots more!
The biggest project of the summer was our 11th annual Christmas in July item drive. Donations of vitally needed health, household, and hygiene items poured in from this amazing community. Their generosity allowed us to collect a record-setting 14,404 household goods and necessities that will help older adults remain in their homes! It took several volunteer groups made up of people from every generation to count, sort, and prepare the donations for delivery to program participants.
Please enjoy these pictures of just a few of the special people who spent a portion of their summer volunteering to help older adults remain in their homes, living with dignity, and aging with purpose! If you or your group would like to get involved by volunteering with Senior Services contact Britnee Tellez, volunteer manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 336-721-3411. Find out more about volunteering here.
We believe it takes a community to care for and support seniors as they age. We are proud to be part of this community that shows time and time again – through your deeds, through your actions – how much you care. From all of us at Senior Services and on behalf of all the older adults we serve, we say thank you!