Did you know that April is National Volunteer Recognition Month? It is observed during the third week of April in both the United States and Canada and used to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism. Here in the U.S., National Volunteer Recognition Week was first established in a presidential proclamation signed by Richard Nixon in 1974. This year, United Zion Retirement Community honored volunteers at an event designed to show their appreciation. Themed “Volunteers Make the World a Brighter Place,” staff thanked volunteers for the ways they not only nurture the joy of life in our community, but also help residents focus on the positives in every situation and provide encouragement and support in times of need.
When asked what one thing staff love most about UZ volunteers, they replied:
– “UZ Volunteers are completely go with the flow. They do whatever is needed whenever it’s needed!”
– “I love that they’re willing to share their talents and personalities with the residents.”
– “Their uniqueness – each one of them has something special to give.”
– “They are fearless.”
– “I love their abilities to grow and learn and connect with everyone.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an estimated 62.6 million people volunteered for at least one organization between September 2014 and September 2015. Arguably the biggest benefit to volunteering is the satisfaction of making a difference within their community. In a report titled “The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research” provided by the Corporation for National & Community Service, there is a strong relationship suggested between volunteering and overall health; individuals who volunteer have “lower mortality rates, greater functional ability and lower rates of depression,” to name a few, than individuals who do not volunteer.
UZRC Volunteers are exceptional individuals who tirelessly dedicate their time and talents to the residents, family members and staff they serve. Some volunteers lead daily devotionals or other programs, while others engage and encourage residents in group activities. Still, other volunteers provide countless hours of social interactions with residents in a one-to-one setting.
UZRC welcomes adults, teens and accompanied children, as well as church, school and civic groups to serve our community through volunteering. Whatever your interests, chances are there is a volunteering opportunity available for you. To learn more about volunteering, visit uzrc.org or call Becky at (717) 627-8421. United Zion Retirement Community is located at 722 Furnace Hills Pike in Lititz, PA.