“Everyone can give something” is the motto the newly formed St. John’s Home volunteer group agrees upon.
The group came together in hopes of giving back to fellow residents along with their local community.
Their first group project involved a companion visitation with other residents. Volunteers visited The Garden Factory and bought house plant flower pots, which they recently gave to residents around St. John’s Home. Group members paired with staff members before making their way to their respected neighborhoods, each carrying multiple plants.
“Their eyes just lit right up,” St. John’s Home resident Sherry Bentley said. “It was like bringing them a friend.”
The group agreed that just seeing other residents smile made their day complete. Their hope is to be a bright spot to those who may not be able to leave as much as they would like.
“The whole thing is about doing things for other people,” St. John’s Home resident Garland Cummings said.
The volunteer group is made up of 10 residents and will meet twice per month. The group aims to be inclusive of all ages and abilities — members range from ages 65 to 90 — and includes residents in wheelchairs and those living with dementia. Their main goal is to provide all residents with the chance to give back.
Throughout the year, residents will continue to give back to their local community by partnering with organizations such as Lollypop Farm, Golisano Children’s Hospital, Crisis Nursery and breast cancer awareness.
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