September is traditionally the time when we think about starting something new, and for those who have been thinking about volunteering, The Views at St. Joseph’s Hospital has an invitation.
There will be a Volunteer at The Views open house on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 1-2 p.m. where those thinking about volunteering can come for a tour and talk with staff, residents and volunteers about the many different ways they can get involved, have fun and do good all at the same time.
There are 125 residents at The Views, and more than 100 volunteers. Even at that, the staff and residents would love to have many more volunteers.
There are activities from hosting morning coffee break to outings, games, manicures, helping with meals and one-on-one visiting. Pat Tapper, volunteer team leader, does the matchmaking between volunteer and placement.
“We have learned from experience that the best match is one that brings together a person’s interests and comfort level, and that fits with the other activities in their lives,” she says. “Volunteering here is fun and social, and we really know that we make a huge difference for both staff and residents.”
“We want people to be comfortable coming to The Views to just see if it might be what they’re looking for,” Brenda Phillips, director of activation said. “We have many dedicated volunteers who have found that their own lives have been enriched through their relationship with us, and we’d like to extend that network to new people.”
For more information, contact Pat Allan, manager of volunteer services, at 250-339-1548.