If Mom moves to a senior living community, what volunteer options would she find there?
Your mother would be among many retirees who enjoy sharing their time and talent with community organizations making differences in people’s lives. These volunteers know, too, that in the process of giving, they’re gaining a greater sense of accomplishment, satisfaction and well-being. We certainly find that to be true among our senior residents here at Ecumenical Retirement Community in Harrisburg, Pa.
Outreach opportunities at Ecumenical Retirement Community
Volunteerism at Ecumenical is a significant part of our retirement home’s social life. This is true for our residents who live in personal care apartments as well as those in our independent living community.
Ecumenical’s strong community outreach program allows our residents to use their time and talent to help others and gives them a sense of purpose and pride. It also helps them to remain active and social as they spend time with friends who share their interests.
Our Ecumenical volunteers assist schools, hospitals, soup kitchens, animal welfare groups and health organizations with a wide variety of activities. For example, these energetic individuals bake cookies, mentor young students, prepare mailing projects, walk as a group to raise funds and handcraft clothes and other items for people in need.
But that’s not all. These volunteers also spread sunshine on our own campus by visiting fellow residents who are ill, managing the gift shop, leading social and educational programs, singing in the choir, assisting with worship and maintaining our butterfly garden and other plants.
Some of our residents, particularly in independent living, who lived in the Harrisburg area before retiring choose to continue with volunteer activities they enjoyed before moving to Ecumenical.
The health benefits of volunteering
The Energizer Bunny® has nothing on our volunteers—like him, they just “keep going and going and going.” And studies are showing that active volunteering has health benefits as well.
Over the past two decades, research by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has indicated that providing service has health benefits. CNCS’s report, “The Health Benefits of Volunteering,” states that, overall, “giving people” have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability and lower rates of depression.
In the “Older Americans” segment of its report, CNCS says that volunteering provides seniors with physical and social outlets associated with better physical health. They also report more satisfaction with senior living. Regarding mental health, CNCS reports that “volunteer activities can strengthen the social ties that protect individuals from isolation during difficult times.”
If your mother or father enjoys sharing his or her time and talent, and is considering a move to a retirement community, be sure to learn more about our volunteer opportunities here at Ecumenical Retirement Community. Of course, we would be delighted to share all about Ecumenical
and show them our lovely campus. Ecumenical is designed to provide seniors of modest financial means an affordable yet comfortable alternative in senior living. Our rental fee includes heat, air conditioning, meals, entertainment and transportation.
As you search for the best retirement community to meet your parents’ needs, you might be surprised to find the best value in their own backyard. Please contact us for information or to schedule a visit.
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