The Value of Volunteering
It takes a village to create a place as special as the Jewish Home. One of the things that makes our village so effective — and so extraordinary — is the high caliber of our dedicated volunteers.
Every year, they donate over 22,000 hours to the Home, assisting with everything from mail delivery and speech therapy, to playing music for residents and facilitating group activities. Their energy and passion infuse the Home with a remarkable spirit that builds community and positively impacts so many seniors' lives.
The value of our volunteers is priceless, and I consider myself fortunate to partner with such an incredible group of individuals. Working together, we are able to serve thousands of elderly men and women in the San Fernando Valley, on the Westside, and across Los Angeles.
Volunteers enrich our programs and services — and they, in turn, are enriched by the time they spend giving back to the Home and to the many other charitable organizations they support. Research shows that volunteering actually makes us feel like we have more time; it helps us to feel loved; it builds important skills and experiences; and it can even keep our bodies healthier. The impulse to volunteer may be philanthropic, but data tells us the benefits are even greater than the investment required.
Albert Einstein noted that we are on this earth for a short visit, not knowing exactly why. Yet, as we make it through the successes and stumbles of daily life, one thing we do know is that we can be here for the sake of each other. By supporting friends and strangers, we make things easier and better for everyone.
Our volunteers understand this well. They join their many hands to spread joy throughout the Home, bringing smiles to the faces of our residents. Every week, I am moved by scenes I see unfolding on our campuses, as volunteers offer the simple gift of love and residents positively glow with happiness.
Whether you are a long-time volunteer or new to the Jewish Home family fold, thank you for your wonderful contributions. If you have not yet experienced the thrill of volunteering, either at the Home or anywhere else, I invite you to give it a try. I can promise you will not regret it.Molly Forrest