Read ANGELS ON DUTY Winter 2018 Newsletter
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.
Moniqua Acosta, Volunteer Services Director
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Volunteer Spotlight: Joy Rodenberger
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!”
A volunteer group Friends of the Wetlands meets regularly to maintain and nurture the natural flood plain on campus.
“My Volunteer Journey”
by Deb Lakeman, volunteer