Senior Solutions welcomes the opportunity to celebrate National Volunteer week and give tribute to our volunteers for their part in making our nation a better place.
A Proclamation on National Volunteer Week, 2022
APRIL 15, 2022 PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS
Over the past year, we have seen that the American spirit of service is alive and well. Every day, Americans are giving their love and labor to care for seniors, help communities rebuild after disasters, support veterans and military families, tackle climate change, guide and mentor our youth, serve and strengthen the democratic process, feed the hungry, and keep communities healthy and safe. Tens of millions of Americans collectively volunteer billions of hours of their time each year. This commitment to service represents the best of who we are as Americans. During National Volunteer Week, we recognize the contributions that our Nation’s volunteers make every day and encourage all Americans to discover their path to making a difference.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 17 through April 23, 2022, as National Volunteer Week. I call upon all Americans to observe this week by volunteering in service projects across the country and pledging to make service a part of their daily lives.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.
Three cheers to our volunteers! Here’s what’s happening in our neck of the woods……
A 90-year-old woman who is completely homebound talked about how she benefits from her relationship with a Friendly Visitor. “Although I have macular degeneration, I still love to read. My volunteer picks up four or five large print books for me each week from the library. We have a wonderful time talking about them. She is a marvelous conversationalist and has become my friend.”
A Friendly Visitor who has been matched with a 78-year-old wheelchair bound woman does her grocery shopping each week. He also takes her to the doctor. “I am so thankful my volunteer brings me to the doctor when I need to go,” she said. “He waits for me during my appointments and brings me home afterward. I enjoy talking with him and don’t know what I would do without him.”
One recipient who lives alone and benefits from the services of volunteers who do grocery shopping called us in tears. She told us how grateful she is to have a volunteer who shops for her and said she didn’t know what she would do without her.
A member of our Vet to Vet program said how fortunate he feels to be matched with a veteran volunteer. The client, who is disabled, said his veteran buddy makes it possible for him to do things he wouldn’t be able to due on his own due to his disability. “In addition to getting me out of the house and keeping me from becoming isolated, my volunteer takes me fishing, which is a sport I love and can’t do without assistance. We’ve become good friends now.”
A 95-year-old client who is matched with a Friendly Visitor talked about how much she looks forward to her volunteer’s visits each week. “Not so long ago, I was much more mobile and very social. Now because of COVID and trouble with my balance, I can’t get out much anymore. On the days when my visitor comes, I think about what I’m going to wear and fix my hair nicely. Having someone who cares and just likes to chat has made a huge difference and made me feel positive about my life.”
To learn more about our various programs and/or opportunities to volunteer in our community, call the HelpLine at 802-885-2669.