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“God Only Knows” What We’d Be Without Our Volunteers

Picture it … a warm sunny day in August, enjoying picnic fare with friends, memorable favorites – including songs from the Beach Boys – playing in the background and tossing around beach balls at the beach – well, maybe not a beach exactly, but a scene that would have you thinking you were at the beach, thanks to our Resident Life department and Volunteer Coordinator. You see, we like to treat our volunteers with special attention, and we did just that in August.

For our residents to qualify as a volunteer, they must consistently record their service hours. They choose from a variety of service activities, including:

  • Visiting one-on-one with assisted living residents
  • Making “Linus” blankets for Carroll Hospital’s patients and other health care institutions
  • Conducting tours in the model train room
  • Staffing our gift shop
  • And more

A special citation and letter from President Biden, per the AmeriCorps Points of Light program, were given to residents who volunteered 100+ hours within a year including:

  • Gold (over 500 service hours): Connie Hawk, Nancy Coats and two other residents
  • Silver (250 to 500 service hours): Lacye Shank and another resident
  • Bronze (100 to 250 service hours): Betty Blauvelt, Kathy Lauber, Owen McFadden and another resident

We also recognized residents for providing consistent years of service including a resident with 20 years of service and:

  • 15 years: Barbara Yockey
  • 5 years: Joyce McNeil, George Reiner, Penny Seymore, Patricia Tracy, Bill Weaver and another resident

We sincerely thank all our residents for generously giving their time, effort and dedication to our community. In helping to make the world a better place, they are an inspiration.