On Tuesday, the Living at Home Block Nurse Program held a Volunteer Appreciation Brunch at the KCC. The program is very dependent on the volunteers to help the elderly in the community.
Mark Roisen reported “Our volunteer drivers provide both in town and out-of-town “Assisted Transportation” for seniors and people living with disabilities. They also provide friendly visits for people who are living alone, respite care for caregivers, and assist with the Heart2Heart Memory Café and Building Bridges Memory Choir.”
Linda Norland, Guest Speaker at the event, told a story about chores on her family’s farm, she was in charge of the chickens. After most of the chickens were butchered, four were kept for laying eggs. She had a strong bond with them, They would respond to her calls for feeding. One day her husband pointed out that the chickens weren’t laying many eggs. He suggested they “measure the corn and count the eggs.”
She applied the metaphor as a message to the volunteers, to examine what they were putting time into and what the benefits were. “Not having time” is an eternal struggle, and she humorously gave advice about how to help “recharge your batteries.” Local businesses donated door prizes and centerpieces for the volunteers.