April is National Volunteer Month, which is a time to celebrate the remarkable ways volunteers lend a helping hand to organizations and people in need every day. Despite the temporary COVID-19 visiting restrictions limiting volunteer visits at our communities this past year, there are many heroes in the Concordia family who served the organization and community in different ways.
Below are several short stories of the ways our residents, staff members and community volunteers stepped up this past year despite the pandemic. Thank you to all of our volunteers for your acts of kindness and dedication. We can’t say thank you to our volunteer superheroes enough for your support! (Keep reading to check out the photos in the slideshow below!)
The Kindness of one Oertel Resident Touches Many Lives
Concordia at Cabot Oertel resident Kathryn Barch has personally donated over 500 crocheted items to different schools, churches and charity organizations across the country. She started crocheting after her daughter introduced her to the hobby four years ago and it became a favorite pastime. Now she crochets two items a day and makes hats to give to people in need.
“I love to do it; it keeps me busy, and I hope it helps people who need it,” she said.
Kathryn has no plans of stopping her work anytime soon and is currently working on crocheting more hats for her daughter’s school students this year. Thank you Kathryn for all you do!
Lots of Love from “Pawsitively” Perfect Friends
Once temporary visiting restrictions changed, we were thrilled to have some of our favorite volunteers back at our campuses. Concordia of Monroeville residents enjoyed a special companion visit from Grey the Greyhound and Concordia at Rebecca Residence residents received a companion visit from miniature horse Jiminy Cricket and his handler Lisa! Animal volunteer visits are an integral part of our activities programming, and we’re so thankful for the sweet moments with our furry friends!
Haven Residents Share Easter Joy
The Saxonburg Rotary Club generously donated daffodils and Easter baskets for each of our Concordia at Cabot Haven Apartment buildings! Our residents were thrilled, and the donation definitely brightened the spirits of everyone involved. Additionally, in the spirit of volunteering, several of our Haven 2 residents filled nearly 4,300 Easter eggs with candy for the nearby Winfield Community Easter Egg Hunt.
Thank you to the volunteers who have found unique and creative ways to serve our residents and patients this year and thank you to all of the individuals and organizations who graciously donated time, support and supplies to our communities!
Concordia at Villa St. Joseph Volunteers and Staff Generously Give Back
At Concordia at Villa St. Joseph, volunteers continued to support the community during the past year despite the COVID-19 pandemic. From purchasing Christmas gifts for residents, to assisting with landscaping around the facility as well as the countless donations and contributions of food and gifts to our residents, volunteerism has been an integral support over the past year. Concordia at Villa St. Joseph is also blessed to have the support of the Sisters of St. Joseph, and several Sisters (who are also residents) including Sister Gerri and Sister Rosemary have made and sewn masks, assisted with window visits and participated in compassionate care visits.
Enjoy the photos below (click to enlarge)! Do you have a heartwarming volunteer story? Share it with us in the comments below. To learn more about the care and services offered at our communities visit the care levels and services page of our website to find a Concordia location near you.
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