How a stop at Springdale Country Manor became a 12-year volunteering stint for Julie Hume

Springdale Country Manor volunteer Julie Hume (left) and resident Grace McBride hoist the parachute residents have been making in a crafts program.

Volunteering provides opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives, she says

Julie Hume used to go for a walk every morning past Springdale Country Manor with a friend who volunteered at the Peterborough County long-term care home.

One day, the pair popped in for a visit. The next thing Julie knew, she was volunteering at Springdale.

“I came in with her, met everybody and started volunteering right away,” she recalls.

That was 12 ½ years ago.

What has kept Julie volunteering at Springdale Country Manor is the people – both the residents and the staff members, she says.

Julie doesn’t hesitate when asked about the most enriching part of her day.

“It’s meeting the residents and talking with them and trying to make a difference in their day,” she says.

Julie also helps the life enrichment department organize activities, which is something else she enjoys about her volunteer work.

As someone who is interested in arts and crafts, Julie often brings her artistic gifts to residents and helps with programming that encourages residents to use their creativity. At the moment, Julie and the residents are working on a colourful parachute to use in a parachute circle.

Volunteering at Springdale Country Manor has also proven to be a learning experience for Julie, who says working with seniors has helped with her listening skills.

“That’s been helpful because I now have a 95-year-old mother,” she says.

Sonia Murney, Springdale Country Manor’s life enrichment co-ordinator, says Julie is an integral part of the home’s family atmosphere.

“She has gotten to know the residents and family members very well, and the residents look forward to her visits and always ask when Julie is coming in again, and that’s a good thing,” she says.

April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week 2017. The week is marked by events nationwide that celebrate volunteers and all they do to enrich the lives of others. This year marks the 76th National Volunteer Week.

Anyone interested in volunteering at an OMNI Health Care long-term care home can call 1-705-748-6631 for more information.

More information on National Volunteer Week can be found by visiting the campaign’s website.

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