George Anagnos was introduced to Community Living through his church, First United Methodist Church, which does a Serve Weekend every year. It was during the 2012 Serve Weekend that Community Living’s Respite Care Home was on the list and in need of maintenance repairs. George signed up to help with that project and has been volunteering with Community Living on an ongoing basis for the past four years. In his own words …
Why do you volunteer with Community Living? “Gifts were given to me to share,” George said. “I want to share them with the community. Plus, I’m retired so I have more time to share.
I was working on a project and Pam (Keys, Director of the Respite Care Home) and I were talking about my church’s bread ministry. She told me about Community Living’s Support Services for Adults program and put me in touch with the appropriate people. Because of the relationship with my church and Pam, I have been able to expand the bread ministry.”
What are some of your favorite volunteer experiences at the Respite Care Home? “I enjoy the relationships I have gained through the staff and the clients,” George said. “I also get to witness how the projects I’ve finished benefit the clients. I don’t volunteer for the thank you. It’s about the feeling. I feel good to be able to help someone out.”
Do you have any advice to new or potential volunteers with Community Living? “I look at each and every person and think they have a special gift or skill to give,” George said. “Whether it’s to fix something or just sit with someone to talk. The people you help will recognize you. Volunteer work exposes your feelings and turns your heart around to mankind.”
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