By Sara Katula
The GRAND of Dublin
Volunteer Life at The Grand of Dublin
Volunteers are a vital part of the senior living community and have many advantages not only for the residents but for the volunteers themselves. Volunteering your time, talent, and skills can provide meaningful activities and programs for residents.
At the Grand of Dublin, our volunteer coordinator sets up volunteers with activities and tasks that are beneficial to the volunteer and resident. The residents receive extra one on one attention as volunteers visit with them and do different activities. Volunteers can help with a wide array of activities including bingo, ice cream socials, crafts, meals, and musical performances. Religious services are very important to the majority of our residents. Columbus Vineyard Church volunteers their time and provides a non-denominational service once a month; St. Peter’s Catholic Church comes in monthly for Mass and Communion, and a Worship Praise Group that comes in monthly to perform on Main Street so all residents, staff, and visitors can either join a long or just listen. One of our dedicated volunteers, Joe Hudak who comes in at least once a week helps serve at our ice cream social every Wednesday and performs gospel Hymns in the chapel on Thursdays.
We have a variety of different volunteer programs offered including our Dublin Power plus program and our junior volunteer program. Our junior volunteer program consists of volunteers from Dublin and Olentangy City schools, and Bishop Watterson Catholic Schools. Our goal is to help encourage these junior volunteers to make this a long term commitment after their school program is completed.
Last year, The Grand of Dublin had over 1,000 events or activities ran by volunteers. Most of our residents develop relationships with these volunteers and look forward to their visits. Volunteering at senior living communities helps improve the life of residents, add to job experiences, and build friendships. If you are interested in volunteering at The Grand of Dublin please contact Tarah Boyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.