COMMUNITY LIVING SERVICES: 
I Made a Difference to That One

[June 2021 | By Eva Veitch, Region 10 Community Living Services Program Director]

We all have a choice everyday as to how we will spend our time and energy. I decided a long time ago that I was not put here to just take up space; I want to spend my time making a difference in my community. I understand that philosophy is not everyone’s “cup of tea”, but I like to end my day feeling like I accomplished something for the greater good. I am fortunate that my work helps me fulfill a lot of that need but so do my volunteer projects.

I work with older adults who often call on me when they need some type of help or resources. I often end those conversations with a request for them to consider giving back when they can, not money but the gift of their time, experience, and talents. We all need a sense of purpose and a reason to get up every day. What better reason than to help someone else? They usually laugh and say “Eva; I am 87 years old what can I do for someone else?” My reply: can you help us make phone calls to check on people? Can you call volunteer drivers and remind them of their schedules? Can you fold newsletters or send cards to the homebound? Can you sit at the desk and check people in at the senior center?

What can you do to make life a little better for someone in your community? Region 10 has a new program-Region 10 Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and we NEED volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of others. We are partnering with The Shepherds Hand to begin a new Senior Lunch program and we need volunteers to help serve and deliver meals to the homebound in Montrose. We also need drivers in surrounding communities for home delivered meals. We need people who are handy to help with minor home repairs and installing grab bars and building wheelchair ramps.

Maybe you like working outside and would be willing to help with yardwork or other chores. Are you a special event kind of person that likes to plan and help with one-time events-we have that too. Would you like to help at the food bank once in awhile or give a caregiver a much-needed break? Don’t be nervous; we will provide training and support and nice benefits. The best benefit is that your quality of life is guaranteed to improve!!!

 

SeaStar. By Nhobgood Nick Hobgood – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia.

A little boy walked carefully along a crowded beach
Where starfish by the hundreds lay there within his reach
They washed up with each rippling wave as far as the eye could see And each starfish was sure to die if they were not sent back to sea So one by one he rescued them then heard a stranger call
It wont really make much difference for you cannot save them all

But he tossed in yet another back towards the oceans setting sun he answered with deep compassion… I made a difference for that one

Why you should become a Region 10 Senior Volunteer…

By joining the RSVP ‘family’, you help create a positive image of seniors and join one of America’s oldest and largest volunteer organizations. RSVP helps you to find just the right fit for your time and interests. RSVP members have the benefit of insurance coverage while at your volunteer job, a quarterly newsletter, recognition events, discounts and the continuing support of your RSVP staff.