As we reflect back on the theme for National Adult Day Health services week, Care, Compassion and Community, an integral part of an organization’s success comes from the community. Community volunteers help build the strength of our Adult Day Service programs. The value of a volunteer cannot be summed up in one sentence. Having a strong volunteer pool is essential to the success of our programs. As Adult Day Service volunteers gain a sense of ownership in what they are here for, they become visible advocates for the program. Volunteering is a choice, not a job” states Carolyn, a longtime volunteer at ACCA’s Bentley Center. The many volunteers provide extra hands that enable both the Athens and Winder facilities to do tasks and activities that might not otherwise get done. Volunteers can also offer valuable input to the programs and activities in which they believe in.
Carolyn, who volunteers at the Bentley Center, enjoys socializing with the clients. Her volunteer duties include assistance in the preparation and serving of meals. Carolyn is also handy with a sewing machine and has mended clients clothing and protective covering (bibs), used during mealtimes. Carolyn also serves on the Board of Directors for ACCA and has contributed volunteer hours to the whole agency.
A huge thank you to the many committed Bentley Center volunteers who have given over 500 hours this year!!! Adult Day Services would not be what we are today without your dedicated services.
-Cheryl Dean and Thom Strickland, Bentley Adult Day Health