Spotlight on Volunteers
How do I choose which RSVP volunteer to write about?
Do I talk about the friendly visitor volunteers like Tony who still connects with clients, even after they have moved away?
Maybe I share the phone call with Anne. She’s been following up with Ella to make sure she gets her shot. “You know,” she says, “we are friends, really good friends.”
Or Mahmut, a vaccine buddy volunteer emailing me excitably about the fact that he was able to get his client an appointment and, since it’s short notice for transportation, he will drive him.
Then there are the Veteran Pen Pals that are excited to have a zoom with their student Pen Pals, like Reggie who writes, “I will finally get to meet Bianca!”
I receive calls from volunteers just to let me know that they are able to help if needed, volunteers like, Pat, Susan, Marion, or Anne.
Or I could talk about the text from Mariano just to let me know that Frank is doing ok or the one from Scott letting me know that he didn’t have the heart to tell Stephen he really only needs to come 1 time a month, because he knows his visits are important.
Could the story be about John, who apologizes for not being able to keep his schedule because of medical needs or about Gordon who calls so excited that he has found a way for our Vaccine Buddies to work with MyChart.
With close to 100 active volunteers, it is very difficult to write just about one volunteer or program. I am overwhelmed by the kindness of all our volunteers supporting their clients with money issues, loneliness and isolation, food scarcity and vaccine support.
Just ask any of them and they will tell you that the reward for a little time and kindness is always more then you anticipated.