It is always a challenge every year, figuring out exactly who will be recognized for their exceptional volunteer work at Morning Pointe of Collegedale and the Lantern Alzheimer’s Memory Care Center of Excellence. The senior care communities are surrounded by so many dedicated volunteers. In fact, the total number of volunteers set to attend the recognition event alone was over 250, prompting the annual affair to be moved off campus and to a larger facility. “Volunteers bring so much life and energy to our buildings,” said Greg A. Vital, president and CEO of Morning Pointe. “They are a key part of our active living programming at each of our assisted living communities.”
Thanks to the time and talents of so many volunteers, residents at Morning Pointe are able to engage in a variety of community entertainment, public and private school programming, art and community service projects along with church gatherings and social celebrations.
“Sometimes, just having a student or other volunteer sit, share and listen makes all of the difference,” said Karen Wood, life enrichment director at Morning Pointe of Collegedale at Greenbriar Cove.
“I know I couldn’t’ do what I do every day for my residents if it weren’t for all of my wonderful volunteer musicians,” said Dawn Dunn, program director at The Lantern Alzheimer’s Memory Care Center of Excellence.
Hundreds of those volunteers filled the larger conference area at the nearby Collegedale Community Church for this year’s 2013 Morning Pointe Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Even the dedicated pet therapy dog, ‘Boo’ turned out. “He was well behaved, as usual, and enjoyed interacting with everyone around us,” said Judy Rice, a Morning Pointe volunteer and owner of ‘Boo’.
The Sweet Adeline’s performed along with the Morning Pointer Sisters and this year, eight volunteers were recognized and honored for their hard work and service. Ron Ferster, Rosemary Ferster, Herman May, Juanita Naylor, Jim Hyatt, Betty Blum and Rodney Blum along with Bob Nash.
“The impact of being honored by your wonderful organization really didn’t hit me until I walked out your front door and got into my car,” said Mr. Nash. “I was really overcome with joy and gratitude for this honor.”