On December 10 a number of seniors from Riverside joined community volunteers and other dedicated volunteers representing the Seniors Connected Program and Taste of Culture to celebrate volunteers generally.
The day was marked by the stories each person told of their individual journey to Vanderhoof, the sharing of a cake decorated with the Volunteer Vanderhoof logo and relationships renewed or newly formed. The Neighbourhood Space is home to the Seniors Connected (computers) Program and the Seniors Connected (companionship) Program; both programs supported by Volunteer Vanderhoof and meant to increase the quality of life of seniors in our community. The United Way of Northern BC is instrumental in giving wings to the Seniors Connected (companionship) Program.
Debra Bishop, Coordinator of the Seniors Connected Programs is enthusiastically sharing the program abroad so that both seniors and volunteers in community are aware of the opportunities to connect and have the means to be involved in the activities.
The Seniors Connected Program to support seniors who are isolated or mostly housebound has a transportation component which supports volunteers who transport seniors within community.
Sheila Evans, Volunteer Vanderhoof Coordinator has been busy promoting the Volunteer Vanderhoof services to community and now has a Volunteer Vanderhoof(VV) presence on Facebook as well as a VV newsletter available which highlights volunteerism in Vanderhoof. Drop in at the Neighbourhood Space, sign up to be a volunteer, let us know about a senior who needs support or shoot a game of pool with Reg Mueller, Youth Worker or some of the youth who frequent the space from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. daily. For more information call 250-567-4879 or visit the blog at www.volunteervanderhoof.wordpress.com.