Time to thank the volunteers

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by Carol Friesen, Client Service & Volunteer Coordinator, KDHSI

It’s National Volunteer Week and it’s time to ‘Applaud our Volunteers’! All of us at Kemptville & District Home Support want to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to our dedicated and caring volunteers. These people constantly amaze us with their great acts of kindness to help provide services and activities that enhance the independent living of seniors and adults with physical disabilities within our community.

Cheers to our Volunteer Drivers! These men and women provide such an important service to provide seniors with transportation to medical appointments and other places, such as grocery stores and social activities. We’ve heard from many clients that they are so appreciative of this service and that our volunteer drivers are kind-hearted people who are willing to “go the extra mile” to help others.

Cheers to our Office Volunteers! These cheerful, multi-tasking balls of energy are often the ones who greet you at the front desk and answer the phone when you call our office. They’re also found behind the scenes helping with data entry and phone calls to clients.

Cheers to our Diners’ Club Volunteers! These amazing volunteers do so
much (such as meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking, setting the tables, serving decadent lunches, and cleaning up) to ensure that seniors enjoy a delicious meal here in the dining room each week.

Cheers to our Meals on Wheels Volunteers! These dedicated volunteers get delicious and nutritious meals ready to go, and deliver them to clients who enjoy them at home. For many, Meals on Wheels also provides peace of mind, convenience, and a quick check-in to make sure they’re ok.

Cheers to our Companion Volunteers! These caring volunteers accompany seniors who need extra help to get to their appointments (such as navigating through the Ottawa hospitals), while also providing companionship during these times.

Cheers to our Friendly Visitor and Telephone Reassurance Volunteers! Many seniors receive phone calls, and also visits (during “normal times”), from one of our compassionate volunteers. They each enjoy a conversation and some time together. This service helps to keep seniors connected to others and is also is a great way to check in on someone.

Cheers to our Footcare Reception Volunteers! If you’ve had a Foot Care appointment here, you will have met some of our wonderful volunteers. They greet you for your appointment, take care of the paperwork, and chat with you as you wait.

Cheers to our Singing Seniors! These talented volunteers have put in countless hours preparing for spectacular productions to raise much- needed funds for KDHSI. They have also entertained the residents of many retirement and long term care homes in the area.

Cheers to our Income Tax Assistance Volunteers! At tax time, these reliable volunteers enjoy number crunching and help seniors with filing their income tax returns. This program is currently on hold, but you can call our office at 613-258-3203 to add your name to our list. We’ll call you when this program is up and running again.

Cheers to our Fundraising Committee Volunteers! These creative, hard-working volunteers work together to help raise money for Kemptville & District Home Support. Watch for more information about our 4th annual “Black & White Affair” Big Band Dance Fundraiser with ‘The Jivewires’ scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2020.

Cheers to our volunteer Board of Directors! These knowledgeable and dedicated volunteers give their time to help our nonprofit organization run smoothly.

Cheers to ALL our Volunteers! Thank you to all those people who give their time to help in so many other ways, from selling raffle tickets, helping out at special events, teaching others how to use computers, sharing their talents, leading activities such as Bingo and Yak & Yarn, tidying our lending library… the list is endless! Thank you! We applaud all of our volunteers! Thank you for giving your time to help others.

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