By BRENDA TWARDOSKY, Director of Recreation, Belknap County Nursing Home
Happy spring! So many fun things are happening at Belknap County Nursing Home! The weather is getting warmer, we are planning trips and everyone is looking forward to fun out in the sun. We are happy about baseball season beginning, being able to go on picnics, starting the garden, and planning on going to the beach.
We could not do all the fun and wonderful things we do with the residents without acknowledging the often unsung heroes of our facility-our volunteers! Our volunteers come and visit with residents, help the residents with Bingo or Flippo, play cribbage, bring residents outside, prep arts and crafts projects, help with trips out of the facility, help with activity groups, run art classes, run church services, worship services, and hymn sings. Most importantly, our volunteers bring smiles, joy, and love to our residents.
Volunteer Week this year started on April 10 and went through April 16. During this important week, we wanted to show our volunteers how much we appreciate them. We held a volunteer dinner on Wednesday, April 13. What a group! Young and old, men and women, so many of our volunteers together in one place. How very fortunate we are to have them all year, and to be able to host an event to show them how special they are to us.
Staff were so excited for this event, they stayed after their work day to volunteer with the event. The volunteer staff put the room together with beautiful linens, arranging the room so that everyone could see and socialize with each other. Flowers were bought and donated and set out at each place setting for each volunteer. We included a beautiful poem about volunteers for each person. Our Activity Room looked like an expensive restaurant!
I know that as wonderful as our event was, it doesn't even begin to touch on how much our volunteers really mean to us and to the residents. The connections these amazing people have made with our residents is amazing. They aren't volunteers to them, they are friends. So a special shout-out to all of our friends who come and help us! Thank you for what you do!
Would you want to join us? Would you like to make some new friends? Come volunteer with us at Belknap County Nursing Home! Come help us go out on trips, with our gardening, or just by making a difference in someone's day. Volunteers are always wanted! Contact the Activity Department to sign up today!
Volunteers at the Belknap County Nursing Home were thanked with a special meal on April 13. (Courtesy photo)