By Christel Tatro, Stonehill Communities Marketing Coordinator
The value of an hour of volunteer service may come in at a national average of $28.54, but Stonehill Communities knows that the true value of volunteer service is immeasurable.
Over the last year, more than 50 unique individuals gave freely of their time and talents to make a difference in the lives of those served by Stonehill and their community. Their service included: escorting residents to internal and external appointments; distributing communion; playing music at daily Mass; conducting art classes; assisting with birthday parties and other celebrations; providing nail care; offering lectures, presentations, and musical performances; serving on governing and advisory boards and committees; managing the gift shop; holiday decorating; and more.
“Most of our volunteers are here once a week, for a couple hours,” said Lori Pottebaum, Volunteer Coordinator, “But those hours add up and really help Stonehill.”
Pearl Stecher has been a volunteer at Stonehill for more than 10 years, visiting once a week to provide nail care for the residents. “I like getting out of the house and the people are nice. It makes you feel good,” said Stecher.
In a time when nearly all non-profits are faced with workforce challenges, volunteers help ensure residents continue to receive not only high quality healthcare, but also the social, spiritual, and educational opportunities that are an essential part of life. They offer friendly faces, helping hands, and kind words.
Blake Riffel, a Seminarian at Loras College, does just that, visiting with residents, offering companionship and a listening ear, and praying with them as a part of his training.
“I think I’ve been formed more than forming residents – helping with discipleship, praying with people, and growing in my priestly role. I think I’ve gotten a lot more out my time with the residents than anything I could offer them.”
Stonehill is looking to grow its volunteer program. Volunteer opportunities range from daily, weekly, or monthly to one-time events.
“If someone is interested in volunteering, we encourage them to reach out. There is an opportunity to fit everyone’s needs, skills, and schedule,” said Pottebaum.
To learn more about volunteering at Stonehill Communities, call Lori Pottebaum, Volunteer Coordinator at 563.557.7180 or visit www.stonehilldbq.com/volunteer/
This article originally appeared in the May 2022 edition of the Golden View.