Volunteers from age 14 to 90+ years serve throughout the campus. Volunteers receive personal joy and fulfillment while the Landis Homes community is both enhanced and blessed.
The Volunteer Services Office is ready to match a variety of talents and skills with new and existing opportunities. Volunteers partner with staff and families to fulfill our mission of honoring and enriching the lives of Landis Homes residents. Persons interested in volunteer opportunities at Landis Homes may contact the Volunteer Services office at 717-509-5409 or email us at Volunteer Services.
DID YOU KNOW?
Volunteering is good for your health:
- Volunteering your time makes you feel like you have more time.
- Volunteering your body helps you have a healthier body.
- Volunteering your experience helps you build your experience.
- Volunteering your love makes you feel more loved.
*info from http:blog.movingworlds.org/the-surprising-benefits-of-volunteering
AND….Over 60 million persons volunteer in the United States in a given year. Those who volunteer report a greater sense of purpose in life, and a higher rate of life satisfaction. We at Landis Homes are grateful for the many volunteers who serve on and off campus every day.
Volunteer Spotlight — Arlene Kreider
Arlene Kreider, 83, has been volunteering for Landis Homes for over 11 years. She moved to the community in 2007. Arlene began her volunteering out of a desire to serve others and to make a contribution to their lives. She also is grateful to experience the joy it brings to Landis Homes residents. Perhaps her biggest reason for jumping in to volunteer is because she understands the need. Arlene served as the Director of Volunteer Services for Landis Homes for 6 years. The volunteer office has seen Arlene serve in a variety of roles, such as, escorting by wheelchair, assisting with Life Enrichment activities, serving as an Entrance & Events Greeter, Volunteer Chaplain and as a volunteer in the Children’s Learning Center here on campus. Arlene is a delight and truly embraces the values of Landis Homes in the way that she gives.
Volunteer Spotlight — Bob Kurtz
May 2019 — Resident Volunteer Bob Kurtz is 82 years old and has been volunteering at Landis Homes for 3 years. He moved into Landis Homes with his wife Judy in 2015 from New Holland, PA. Bob is an outgoing person who pitches in where needed in the volunteer office. He is a Landis Homes Courtyard Railroad volunteer who engages our residents as they come to see our outdoor train display. Bob also volunteers by pushing wheelchairs for our residents to get to their daily activities, and he and his wife Judy help out with the Ice cream stand at Fellowship Day, year after year. We are grateful for the many ways that Bob contributes to Volunteer Services at Landis Homes.
Volunteer Spotlight — Charlene Metzler
April 2019 — Charlene Metzler is 79, and has been volunteering at Landis Homes for a little over 2 years as a Friendly Visitor. She heard about Landis Homes through a sister-in-law who is a resident, and has attended Pathways Institute classes over the years. Charlene is the type of person who always thinks of others before herself. Her hope in volunteering is to bring a bright spot to someone’s day. Charlene entered the doors of the Volunteer Office at the time they needed her the most. “She came in offering her time and skills and it matched exactly what we were in need of,” says Moniqua Acosta, Director of Volunteer Services. “We refer to it as ‘a God thing’. We appreciate how Charlene goes above and beyond and does whatever she can to enrich the lives of our residents.”
Volunteer Spotlight–Nancy Hill
March 2019 — This month we shine the volunteer spotlight on Nancy Hill. Nancy has been a resident of Landis Homes since 2013. She previously volunteered as a greeter at Lancaster General Hospital, and after moving to Landis Homes, she looked for a similar way to volunteer on campus. She quickly volunteered to be a greeter at the Heritage Entrance, and soon began volunteering as a Gift Shop Cashier as well. She also still volunteers for her home church. Nancy is 81 and has been volunteering at Landis Homes for 5 ½ years. She enjoys helping others and staying busy, and routinely picks up additional volunteering when substitutes are needed. She is a wonderful blessing to the Landis Homes volunteer team!
Volunteer Spotlight — Jim Gingrich
February 2019 — Jim Gingrich has been volunteering for 8+ years as a Shuttle Driver, operating the Courtyard Railroad, and as an Exercise Wheelchair Escort. He enjoys meeting new people and interacting with the residents he comes in contact with. Jim has been a resident of Landis Homes, along with his wife Joan, since 2009. He is a welcome sight to residents and always engages in conversation with them as he transports them via the shuttle or to exercise.
Volunteer Spotlight — Ada Eshbach
December 2018 — Volunteer Ada Eshbach is 85 and has been assisting with Bingo in Personal Care households since August. Ada lives in Leola with one of her daughters and her family. Ada would like to give back to Landis Homes She heard about Landis Homes through her daughter who used to work here before she passed away. Her daughter was a CNA in Manheim House, and was very sensitive to the residents’ need to have someone with them while they were actively dying. Her daughter was instrumental in starting our Star Comforter volunteer program, where volunteers are specially trained to sit with dying residents. Ada was aware that she needed some time before she could look into volunteering at Landis Homes, but in August of this year, she came in and applied to be a volunteer. She is happy to support the mission of Landis Homes.
Volunteer Spotlight — Roy Weaver
November 2018 — Roy Weaver is a Landis Homes resident who has been volunteering for almost five years. His current volunteer assignments is as a mail sorter in the Harvest View Mail Room and Entrance Greeter in Residential Living, although he has been involved with many other volunteer activities during his time at Landis Homes. Roy started volunteering after he moved to Landis Homes, although at first, he was still working part-time. After his retirement, Roy was able to devote more time to volunteering. Roy enjoys volunteering because it gives him something to do, it’s good exercise and he enjoys the chance to meet new people. When Roy is not in the mail room sorting incoming mail, he can also be found at MCC’s Material Resource Center where he knots rugs.
Volunteer Spotlight — Miriam Oberholtzer
October 2018 — Miriam Oberholtzer is a Landis Homes resident and has been volunteering for about four years. She volunteers delivering newspapers, pricing groceries in the General Store and cashiering in the Dogwood Gift Shoppe. Miriam started volunteering after she and her sister, Helen, moved to Landis Homes. Miriam loves living at Landis Homes and believes it is important to give back in some way to the Landis Homes community. Since her retirement, she has felt that it is important to give time volunteering, both at Landis Homes and other organizations.
Volunteer Spotlight — George Ritchey
July 2018 — George Ritchey is a resident volunteer and he has been volunteering for five and a half years. He started volunteering within a year of moving to Landis Homes with his wife, Carol. George’s first volunteer assignment was driving the campus shuttle. He now delivers resident mail in the east campus and helps to push wheelchairs for doctor’s appointments.
George enjoys volunteering because he likes being able to help people out and provide a service to the residents at Landis Homes. He loves being part of the Landis Homes community and believes that volunteers play an important role in helping things run smoothly at Landis Homes.
Volunteer Spotlight — Kitty Hershey
April 2018 — Kitty Hershey shares that through volunteering, her relationships with residents have deepened over time on both an emotional and spiritual level. For her, volunteering involves three elements of giving: body, soul, and spirit. She relates it to the example of a three-legged stool that needs each leg in order to stand. She says, “I do not volunteer in order to receive something in return, but I have been tremendously blessed.” Read more about Kitty here.
She says, “I do not volunteer in order to receive something in return, but I have been tremendously blessed.” Read more about Kitty here.
Volunteer Spotlight — Joy Rodenberger
February 2018 — Joy Rodenberger is a non-resident volunteer who lives in Lititz. She is 52 years old and has been volunteering at Landis Homes for a little over three years. As a Landis Homes volunteer, she transports residents by wheelchair to and from the East Exercise Room. Joy started volunteering at Landis Homes because of her children. Several of her children were involved in volunteering here as part of a school project. Joy initially was just helping her children with their volunteer assignments and then decided to become a regular volunteer. When asked why she enjoys volunteering, Joy responded, “I just love the residents!”