50’s Plus – Volunteering can keep 50s plus active and productive

August 27, 2015

8-28-15 VolenteeringBy Pat Maurer
Review Correspondent

Clare County Senior Services

According the Clare County Senior Services 2010 annual report, “Volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services…intended to promote good or improve human quality of life.”

Life after retirement doesn’t need to be boring. Now there is time to help others.

For example, more than 100 volunteers help provide meals, care and services to the seniors in Clare County through Senior Services. “The Senior Services staff is a very dedicated, hardworking and talented group of people.”

Clare County volunteers not only generously donate their time, money and skills,” the annual report said, “but also make an extraordinary impact on those they serve. Through their dedication, thousands of hours have been donated to the Senior Services program by the home-delivered meals drivers, congregate meal site volunteers, medical transportation drivers and many others.”

At the recent volunteer recognition, Clare County Senior Services Director Lori Ware said, “Volunteers are special people. In a busy world they have time for other people. In a selfish world they are givers…volunteers will be the first to admit that they too gain from their efforts. They make new friends and learn skills they hadn’t got before. Nice people volunteer.”

To become one of the Senior Services volunteers, call 539-8870.

There are a lot of ways to “volunteer” in Clare County.

MidMichigan Medical Center

There is a wide variety of ways to volunteer at MidMichigan Medical Center including:

Ambassador: Volunteers provide support to patients during hospitalization by answering general questions regarding their hospital stay.

Ancillary: Volunteers can serve in such areas as the Emergency Department, the Medical/Surgical unit, Urgent Care, Pre-Admission and other Medical Center departments.

Escort: Volunteers assist patients and visitors in finding their way throughout the Medical Center.

Gift Shop: Volunteers sell gift items to visitors and Medical Center staff. A Gift Cart service is also available.

Magazine: Volunteers provide a magazine loan service to patients.

Patient Floors: Volunteers assist on patient floors with a variety of functions.

Popcorn Committee: Volunteers make and sell popcorn daily.

Reception Desk: Volunteers sort mail, relay messages and direct visitors to patient rooms and other areas of the Medical Center.

Transporter: Volunteers transport patients via wheelchairs from one hospital department to another.

To find out more visit the MidMichigan Medical Center website, or call 802-5000.

Clare Railroad Depot restoration

A new site for The old historic Clare Railroad Depot now has a new site and a committee is working on raising funds renovate the more than 100 year old building. There are numerous opportunities to get involved in the project. To help out you can become a member of the Depot Steering Committee, offer ideas for fundraising, donate time, money or materials, sponsor a paver brick, donate historic items and photos related to the depot. For more information contact Diane Lyon at 386-7541

Clare County United Way

To volunteer to help with many other organizations in the county, go to the Clare County United Way, website to download an application.




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