Volunteering: The Joy of Giving

Volunteering: The Joy of Giving

December 29, 2015

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What makes volunteering so meaningful? Time and time again, our volunteers describe that CRISTA Senior Living is special because of the residents and staff, and that they receive just as much as they give when they volunteer. Our residents encompass a wide range of rich backgrounds and life histories, including former pastors and missionaries. The diverse staff and the heart of unity with which they serve is another reason the volunteer experience at CRISTA Senior Living is so unique. When volunteers give the valuable gift of their time, they receive immeasurable joy in return.

Natalie is a King’s High School student who volunteers at Cristwood Rehabilitation & Skilled Care twice a week. While earning her service hours, Natalie has had a wide variety of experiences. These experiences include organizing and receiving inventory in central supply, supporting life enrichment coordinators with activities, celebrations, and special events, as well as one-on-one time visiting with residents. While volunteering this semester, Natalie has displayed maturity beyond her years, flexibility, and respect towards both staff and residents.

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Another volunteer came to CRISTA Senior Living in order earn hours for her application to a competitive nursing school program. Although Rachel completed her required volunteer hours, she continues to come in weekly to call help with activities and visit with residents after a busy day at work.

The holiday season has been full of volunteer activity. Volunteer groups have been caroling through the halls, and an abundance of volunteers signed up to help serve Christmas dinner and assist with the resident Christmas parties.

Our dedicated volunteers play a crucial role in the environment that so enriches our residents’ lives, as the relationships that are developed are extraordinarily meaningful. Sunday church volunteers, morning piano players, and support in central supply are openings for those looking to join the volunteer team in the New Year.
Volunteer opportunities at CRISTA Senior Living frequently shift according to staff and resident needs. However, our need and love for faithful and compassionate volunteers never changes.

To learn more about volunteering, please visit: http://cristaseniorliving.org/volunteer/