Senior Corps Week 2013
On May 8, 2013, Lincoln County Commissioners Doug Hunt, Bill Hall, and Terry Thompson proclaimed May 6-10, 2013 as Senior Corps Week in Lincoln County. Senior Corps Week is a time to recognize and thank Senior Corps volunteers for their service to the community. Local Senior Corps programs include the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Foster Grandparent Program, and Senior Companion Program. Together, volunteers served nearly 90,000 hours in 2012.
Happy Birthday, Ruby!
Ruby Miller has been an RSVP volunteer for almost 20 years! Ruby has volunteered with many places, but her heart is with the Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. In addition to all her service to the hospital, Ruby serves on the Hospital Auxiliary. We appreciate all the hard work and effort Ruby puts in. Happy 90th birthday, Ruby!
Valentines for Volunteers
Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospice program recognized the amazing service of their volunteers with a Valentines for Volunteers luncheon on February 11th. Hospice volunteers play many roles, such as patient assitance, courier, clerical work, and bereavement. Thank you for all you do, volunteers! And volunteer coordinator, Jean Fredrickson, is retiring. Jean, you will be missed!
Festival of Trees
RSVP volunteers Judy Fuller, Kandy Smith, and Jerry Zilis took on the task of decorating a tree for the Festival of Trees! The tree’s theme is the Chocolate Classics, and features edible chocolate ornaments and chocolate gifts under the tree!
Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Award
Congratulations to the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s outstanding volunteer program for winning the Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Award! This state award recognizes our volunteer program and its impact on Oregon communities. Accepting the award, on November 9, 2012, was Judy Fuller, a beloved volunteer of the Aquarium and RSVP. The Oregon Coast Aquarium isn’t just a popular tourist destination. Not only do Aquarium volunteers work to inspire the public to better understand, cherish, and conserve marine and coastal ecosystems while in the center, they also travel across the state to bring educational programs to audiences who typically cannot make it to the coast. In 2010, volunteers educated over 40,000 students during on-site programs and 15,600 students off-site. In addition to delivering programs in nearly every county in Oregon, the Aquarium Volunteer Program collaborates with community partners to address identified local issues. Annually, Aquarium volunteers staff two events that collect thousands of pounds of food as well as toys and cash donations for various local service organizations. In 2010, the volunteers of the Aquarium gave over 59,500 hours of service, or the equivalent of 28 full-time employees, showing their commitment to the cause and to the community (Oregon Volunteers!, 2012).
Gladys Finn & Carol Miller
Gladys Finn has been a resident of Lincoln County for 43 years! She moved here after her uncle passed away and left her with his house on Siletz Bay. Gladys has been able to live independently in her home for all 43 years, and she plans to remain living on her own as long as she can! The Friendly Visitor program is one reason Gladys has been able to remain living in her own home, even at the age of 99! Gladys’ friendly visitor, Carol Miller, helps Gladys stay connected to the community by driving her to medical appointments, hair appointments, grocery shopping, and many more places around town. In addition to transportation, Carol also provides Gladys with meaningful social visits. Here are Gladys’ own thoughts on the Friendly Visitor program:
“It’s important for me to live independently in my own home because I have always lived that way. I enjoy my view of the Bay, being able to work in my yard & have my pets, which include my big cat ‘Tom’ & my little dog ‘Rosie’.
Since I do not drive anymore, the Friendly Visitor program provides me with needed transportation & assistance with my grocery shopping as well as transportation to doctor’s appointments, the Pharmacy, the bank & other important errands. Without this I may not be able to live in my own home.”
The goal of the Friendly Visitor program is to provide direct service to seniors in need of human connection. Our hope is to see improvement over time in the health and well-being of our senior neighbors as a result of the increased social contact they experience from being matched with a Friendly Visitor volunteer. Aside from providing a meaningful social connection, Friendly Visitors also link these home-bound seniors to programs or resources that help them stay connected to the community and remain living independently in their own home. Volunteers may engage in activities such as sharing a common hobby or interest, listening to music, playing a board game, or even helping their senior neighbor to participate in events outside of their home. If you would like more information about the Friendly Visitor program, or are interested in becoming a Friendly Visitor Volunteer, please contact RSVP at 541-574-2684 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carole is one of our wonderful hospital volunteers! Carole has been a part of RSVP for 4 years! Here is a little more about Carole, in her own words:
“When I first started volunteering at SPCH in October 2009, I worked in the hospital gift shop. I never planned to go to auxiliary meetings or get more involved by shortly after I started volunteering, someone encouraged me to go to an auxiliary meeting and I was hooked. Within 2 months of volunteering, a position was opened up to be in charge of the Ways & Means Committee and be responsible for all the auxiliary fundraising activities with outside vendors, gift shop raffles, etc. to raise monies to be used for purchasing hospital equipment, provide nursing scholarships and scholarships for high school students pursuing careers in the medical field and providing continuing education grants for hospital employees. This chairman position meant I was a member of the SPCH Auxiliary Board too so I jumped into volunteering with both feet never intending to be so involved. To date, I have been responsible in raising over $27,600. In addition, I have also volunteered/supported the Festival of Trees by acquiring raffle prizes and silent auction items from businesses and others plus supporting other SPCH Foundation Office fundraisers including volunteering/working at these events. Thru July 2012, I have volunteered over 3,100 hours since October 2009. My fundraising successes and accomplishments in raising money for the hospital has been very rewarding to me personally especially since I’ve never done anything like this before so I have discovered talents that I didn’t even know I had. Volunteering has been a challenge at times balancing between volunteering and home but it has helped me socially to make new friends since I retired from The Boeing Co. in Seattle, Washington and moved to the Central Oregon Coast in 1997. I’d like to venture out and find new volunteer opportunities in 2013 and beyond!” -Carole Jackson
Thank you for all your hard work, Carole! We are proud to say you are a part of RSVP and we are so glad you enjoy the work you do!
Jerry Zilis has been with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program since 2005, but has been volunteering in Lincoln County for much longer. Some of Jerry’s many volunteering experiences include Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, American Red Cross, Coast Guard, and Lincoln County Food Share. A proud citizen of Lincoln County for the last 35 years, Jerry is a jack-of-all-trades and is eager to jump in wherever a helping hand is needed. From being a board member for Lincoln County Food Share, to learning about disaster relief from American Red Cross, to informing seniors about the Vial of Life program, Jerry wears many hats! In addition to all of his volunteering, Jerry is also the Vice-President of the hospital auxiliary at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital and Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital.