The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is a little different than most- instead of a day to kick back and relax with friends and family, it is widely recognized as a call to get involved with one’s community through service to others. Senior Services was fortunate to have two groups – City of Winston-Salem and Salem College – reach out to provide assistance in the spirit of this special day. For the past three years, City of Winston-Salem employees have used this day to volunteer at Senior Services and other nonprofit organizations across our city. This is Salem College’s 2nd year participating in the Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. They went to 15 non-profits in the area and we were lucky enough to be one of them. The goal was for the students to “make connections and build community”.
Senior Services was honored to host about 30 of the 300 city employee volunteers and 13 Salem College students, all of whom were eager to help in any way they could. The group from the city participated in completing a mass mailing, in addition to sorting and storing donations from our Remember in December item drive. The Salem College volunteers delivered several Meals-on-Wheels routes, making several new elder best friends along the way!
The time and energy these wonderful people have given to Senior Services will have a positive and far-reaching impact on hundreds of older adults in Forsyth County. We welcome groups of various sizes to volunteer to help us further our mission of helping older adults to remain at home living with dignity and aging with purpose! If your civic, professional or faith-based group wants to get involved visit our volunteer page for more information.