Volunteers shine at Seniors’ Community Services

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by Jill Woodley

March and April are busy months at Seniors’ Community Services. With the welcoming of Spring, we are reminded of the value of our volunteers and the programs that are sustained by their generous gift of time. The heart and soul of SCS is truly the 140 volunteers who tirelessly ensure our programs and services continue to enhance the lives of hundreds of older adults who are interwoven in the rich fabric of this community.

During the week of March 21, we highlighted the Meals on Wheels program. In 2021, our volunteers delivered over 7,300 meals door to door. For many, access to nutritious, cost effective meals can be a challenge. It is one of the programs that is run primarily by volunteers who, no matter what the day brings, happily deliver meals to clients throughout North Grenville. Even during the most difficult days of the pandemic, clients could rely on their friendly volunteers, who truly are the eyes and ears of SCS. A delivery, a check-in, and, for some, the only point of human contact for the week. This year, some folks were treated to a special delivery by Mayor Peckford and newly appointed Councillor Wilson. Special moments of connection with outstanding community members.

If April brings showers, it also brings the sunshine of National Volunteer Appreciation Week from April 24 to the 30. This is a time to mark the unparalleled contribution of our volunteers, and thank them for their support of SCS. After the last two years, we look forward to celebrating each and every one for their support during such a challenging time.

Over the last year, we embarked on a community project called Porch Chats with Seniors’ Community Services. Weekly, we highlight volunteers, community partners, and clients on Facebook, telling their story and sharing some special moments about their connection with SCS. We encourage you to follow along and learn more about your neighbours in your community!

Highlighting Jean Hartjes, and her 25-year commitment to the Meals on Wheels program, seemed a most fitting way to celebrate National Volunteer Week, and the truly remarkable commitment she has given to this community.

Jean Hartjes, 25-year volunteer for Meals on Wheels

In 1995, Jean’s husband, Adam, was volunteering with the MOW service here at SCS. We would be remiss if we did not mention that it was his inspiration that started Jean volunteering.  When Adam faced illness, Jean stepped into his role and has never looked back. 

Not only is Jean a volunteer with SCS, she is also an active participant in Seniors’ Centre Without Walls, Cardio drumming, and the exercise program. She has also been very involved in the Singing Seniors choir and looks forward to a time it will again be entertaining the community. We are so inspired by Jean, and fortunate to have her energy and dedication at SCS. Thank you for 25 years of tremendous impact, and kindness!

To all our volunteers, who take on the many roles that support our staff, our community, and the hundreds of clients who are part of the SCS family, we cannot thank you enough for your dedication and your gift of time. You are the heart and soul of SCS, and we celebrate each and every one of you!

For more information about Seniors’ Community Services, or to learn more about our volunteer program, please visit www.seniorscs.ca, or call 613-258-3203.

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