Today over 200 volunteers will be recognized during a special celebration at Providence Place as part of National Volunteer Week.
The Theme of the week is, “Volun-Hear: Because Volunteers Speak Volumes”.
“Volunteers permeate this place every day of the year, making a huge difference in the lives of those we serve,” said Dianne Hartell, Director of Volunteer Services. “There is not one aspect of Providence Place that they do not touch. They truly speak volumes whether through their words, their deeds, their smiles, their caring approaches, or even those who silently work behind the scene – they are a powerful voice.”
Dr. Ellery Pullman, Chair of the Province Place Board of Directors agrees with Hartell,
“Volunteers, using conservative estimates, contribute over half a million dollars annually in services to Providence Place; but those remarkable numbers don’t begin to tell the story of the impact they have on our residents – whether holding a hymn book for a resident to sing at Mass, taking them to a hair appointment or a shopping trip, helping them bowl, praying with them, or journeying with them at the end of their life –they have incalculable costs on the quality of our resident’s lives.”
One of the volunteers that Pullman and Hartell are speaking about is Naren Davies, who has volunteered at Providence Place since her semi-retirement in 2008.
“I started volunteering because I wanted to give back to my community. I truly enjoy the opportunity to be present in the lives of the residents,” she said. “What I discovered as I journeyed with the residents is how much I have learned and gained from their rich lives and heritage.”
Todays event will be held at Providence Place from 1:30 - 4 p.m.
Nathan Frank can be reached at 306-691-1263.