Thursday, August 6, 2009

Volunteering, A Gift That Keeps On Giving

Americans are known for their caring and giving spirit, always ready for reach out to others. They give their money, experience, and time. No group represents the volunteer strength more than seniors do. Perhaps we simply have more time in our retirement years, maybe we are repaying kindnesses we have received in earlier years, or merely we are bored and need something to do. Some people suggest we are getting ready to meet our maker and need brownie points. Whatever the reasons, volunteering as Martha Stewart would say, “It’s a good thing.”

There is a delightful video this week on Growing Bolder site about volunteer Julia Sanchez. Julia volunteers at an animal shelter and babies and loves each of the variety on animals. It’s hard but rewarding work. Please watch the video to learn more. Click here. While on Growing Bolder, stay and visit awhile to see more video, audio, and blogs about numerous volunteers. One must see video is the one about the gb pet. Click here.


Bruce is very active with CoxHealth Auxiliary in Springfield, MO. He is there 2-3 days a week, sometimes more, and comes in bone tired. However, he would not give it up for anything. He and his buddies work in what is known as the “tunnel,” actually the warehouse area of the gift shop. The gift shop is the main fund raising effort of the CoxHealth Auxiliary and enables them to donate many thousands of dollars to numerous different projects each year. (Bruce also serves on the Auxiliary Board, but that is a subject for another blog.)

The pet therapy program is a favorite at CoxHealth. The “angels with paw” and their handlers are certified by accrediting organizations. The program has 24 handlers and 26 dogs. As one volunteer said, “A dog can express more with his tail in minutes than a person can express with his tongue in hours”

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