Sally, the Universal Worker and Activities Assistant, has been telling this joke:

“April showers bring May flowers, but what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims!”  I have been asking, “What do March showers bring? Floods!”

We are fortunate to live in a community where friends help friends and people look out for one another.  As a facility we are blessed with several community members that faithfully come to our facility to volunteer their time to the residents who call Great River Care Center home.  We have volunteers who come in for church services, Bible studies, reading groups, choir, and bingo.  They are a bright spot in our weeks.  Over my years being at Great River Care Center I have come to rely on our faithful volunteers while I am away, and I really enjoy taking part of the services and activities they lead or assist with too!

If you have ever considered looking for volunteer opportunities I would encourage you to come spend some time at the care center.  You don’t have to be able to speak in front of a crowd, call bingo, or lead a church service.  We could honestly use a few people who just like to visit or spend some extra time with a new friend.  If you like to read, go for walks, help with word searches, or work on small projects, this may be the perfect opportunity for you. 

According to Robert Grimm from the Do Good Institute the number of volunteers has declined in the last two decades, especially in rural areas.   "Continued declines in community participation will produce detrimental effects for everyone, including greater social isolation, less trust in each other, and poor physical and mental health," Grimm said.  I hope that is never the case in our community.  Won’t you consider volunteering either yourself or with your family?  What a valuable lesson we could teach our children by teaching them to give of their time without expectations of something in return!  When, they will be earning memories, trust, and work ethic!

And to our faithful volunteers…we LOVE you!!