Volunteering has many benefits. Not only does volunteering bring satisfaction to both giver and receiver, volunteering is believed to fight depression, reduce stress levels, and even help you live longer (Mayo Clinic Health System, 2017). Volunteers are an essential part of life at Wesley Place on Honeysuckle, and we are excited to soon welcome volunteers back to our campus. As the pandemic continues, volunteering may look and feel different, but through creativity and innovation, it is possible for volunteers to continue to bring joy to older adults in Dothan.

Volunteers are needed to help decorate for Christmas, and also for conducting hymn sings, supervising visitation, and more. Gayle March is Wesley Place on Honeysuckle’s Volunteer Coordinator. When she’s not coordinating, Gayle is on campus as a volunteer also. And if her name sounds familiar, she happens to be the wife of the community’s executive director, Dan March.

As Christmas approaches, many hands will be needed to help decorate limited areas of the building this year, while observing social distancing, mask wearing, and testing of the volunteers. Gayle assures volunteers that she plans to make the volunteer experience delightful.

“It’s not going to be a gang of volunteers,” Gayle explains. “For example, we could have two people working on opposite sides of a room. We can use many volunteers, we just cannot have everyone come at once. It must be limited and as risk-free as possible.”

A volunteer handbook is being assembled that will help bring volunteers back to campus in a safe, responsible manner. The volunteer training schedule is yet to be announced, but if you would like to be a part of the new volunteer force at Wesley Place on Honeysuckle, call 334-792-0921 and leave a message with the receptionist with your name and phone number. Gayle will reach out to each volunteer when the training classes are scheduled.

Gayle confirmed that family members make wonderful volunteers. “Volunteering is another way that family members can be a blessing to their loved one.”

Some of the activities in the works for volunteers now include helping with employee appreciations, supervising visitations, a pen pal program, writing or editing a volunteer activity newsletter, preparing for Christmas or other worship activities, and outdoor gardening. Some of the volunteer activities that are being planned for later include playing piano or singing with residents, participating in a Music & Memory program, BINGO and other group games, conducting Chapel services, helping with the Bookmobile and Seniors Sharing Books programs.

For more information about Wesley Place on Honeysuckle, contact our admissions team at 334-792-0921.

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