Reaching Out a Hand

Posted by Debra Mell

Reaching Out a Hand
Volunteer Kim Brittingham

Make a difference: volunteer.

I know! We’ve all heard the platitudes. How the actions of one person can change someone’s life, their community, the world. Really? Let’s be honest, isn’t volunteering just something nice people do so they can feel good about helping? I mean, what impact does it really have?

In a word – enormous and invaluable. (Ok, I know that’s two words...)

As a member of the Volunteer Department, I see the impact volunteers have every day. Sometimes their actions are subtle – they make a pot of coffee, put fresh flowers in a patient’s room, answer a phone, greet a visitor, organize a file, stock the snack basket, put up holiday decorations and tend the garden. Other times their actions are a little more obvious – they visit with a patient, give a massage, provide respite, run errands, administer communion, gather auction items, provide pet therapy, or quietly sit vigil for a patient at the end of their life. The list goes on and on, but you get the idea.

Volunteers have changed our community and our world here at JourneyCare, and we could not be the organization we are without them. So no more platitudes, just a thought about what a volunteer is, in the words of someone much more eloquent than I...

“In this troubled world, it's refreshing to find someone who still has the time to be kind.
Someone who still has the faith to believe that the more you give, the more you receive.
Someone who's ready by thought, word, or deed to reach out a hand, in the hour of need.”

...that “someone” is a JourneyCare volunteer. Thank you!

If you are interested in volunteering for JourneyCare, please check out these opportunities on our website.

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