Exceptional Senior Volunteers
At Holiday, we love to give!
The dedication to community and the common good have been at the heart of Holiday Retirement’s mission since it was founded 40 years ago. A large part of that need to give back and make a difference is rooted in volunteering.
Each Holiday community across the U.S. encourages its residents to volunteer in areas that fuel their passion and enrich their own lives. Residents’ volunteer efforts are organized through Holiday’s Senior Serving Seniors and Society program (SSS) which was awarded an Innovators Achievement Award from the International Council on Active Aging. The award recognizes programs or concepts that advance the cause of active aging and improve wellness for older adults.
Holiday residents throughout the country have found a sense of meaning and dedication in volunteering that is unparalleled in other senior living brands because of programs like SSS. From rekindling hobbies and passions to finding new opportunities to help those in need, Holiday residents make a habit out of utilizing the SSS program to give back to their community.
Click on the video below to see how volunteer programs bring Holiday residents and associates together.
Shining stars: Exceptional resident volunteers
Sierra Hills resident Betty Yates
Sierra Hills resident Betty Yates has volunteered as a Pink Lady at the local Sierra View District Hospital for 10 years. Pink Ladies welcome visitors to the hospital, guide them to the hospital’s different wings, and help the nursing staff by taking patients to and from surgery. The program has been in place since 1963 and Betty couldn’t be more thrilled to be involved. “I love meeting people and helping them, so I love being a Pink Lady!
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Iris Place resident Esther Hefner
Esther Hefner may be retired, but she still works for Iris Place full time… as their Birthday Fairy! A lover of cards, calligraphy, and gift giving, Esther takes on the persona of the Birthday Fairy to bring joy to her fellow residents. She makes an average of 18 cards a month and delivers them with other goodies. “I can't recall when I didn't enjoy sending greeting cards for all occasions. I feel that cards express true feelings and emotions in any language,” says Esther, who loves brightening people’s day. “Adding a little more spark will make another person's candle glow brighter and that is always a good thing.
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Oaks of Auburn residents Ruth Crawford and Barbara Hannett
Let ‘er rip! Oaks of Auburn residents Ruth Crawford (left) and Barbara Hannett (right) volunteer every week at Auburn Grace Community Church to iron quilts for a group of ladies, named Sewers & Rippers, who volunteer to make youth-sized quilts for underprivileged orphans in Mexico, Costa Rica, Africa, and underprivileged areas of the U.S. “On any given Tuesday, there can be as many as 25 women at work on various stages of the quilts; sewing, trimming, stuffing, tying yarn, sewing on labels, you name it,” explained Ruth.” This lovely group of women make you feel welcome. I love ironing for them. They lift my spirits!
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