What inspired you to volunteer at SAGE?
I had a long career as a teacher and then a principal. When I retired, I knew I wanted to stay active and do volunteer work.
My Aunt was a client of SAGE's Meals on Wheels program for many years. Meals on Wheels was a godsend. I knew I wanted to give back to SAGE when I retired, so I volunteer here to honor my Aunt.
How long have you volunteered for SAGE?
I have been at SAGE for 18 months. I deliver Meals on Wheels when they need a sub, but primarily I volunteer for the Friendly Visitor Program where I have two regular clients.
What do friendly visitors do?
I call my clients 1-3 times a week to check-in. I haven't been able to see one of them due to health issues, but the other I visit whenever I can. I pick her up to take her for a ride - it's a treat for her to get out, especially with the pandemic.
What is it like to be a friendly visitor?
It is emotionally draining to see how lonely and isolated my clients feel. I worry about them. But it is also extremely rewarding. They are so appreciative when I check-in or spend time with them.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Being a school principal left me no spare time. Now that I am retired, I am taking piano lessons again. I also sing and I love to cook - Julia Child is my idol. I am a member of Christ Church. I am hoping to get involved in the Grace Food Pantry as food insecurity is especially prevalent due to the pandemic.
What is on your bucket list when the pandemic is over?
I love to travel. My goal is to take 21 adventures in 2021. It could be some day-long trip or something longer - I hope the pandemic ends soon so I can get started!
Thanks to Randi Mazzella for this interview.