Cathedral Square Honors Its Volunteers

On Wednesday, June 8, 2011, during a luncheon at Grand Way Commons in South Burlington, Cathedral Square recognized the extraordinary efforts of its volunteers.

At the event, Nancy Eldridge, Cathedral Square’s Executive Director told the attendees, “Thank you for all the contributions you’ve made to help our residents. As our Support and Services at Home (SASH) model goes statewide, the need for volunteers will only increase in order to meet the growing needs of our senior population; it will really need to be a community-based effort.”

Approximately 100 Cathedral Square volunteers participate in a wide variety of activities including van driving, pet walking, bingo calling, helping a fellow resident in need, answering the phone, and general administrative assistance. Jenn Allen, Volunteer Coordinator for Cathedral Square and coordinator of the recognition event, says, “The volunteers that we have are so vital to helping the residents in each and every Cathedral Square community that we have. There are so many ways that just one person can make a real difference.” Howard Gordon, a Whitcomb Woods resident said, “I like to do things for people. This is the happiest I have been in two years, and there is no place that I would rather live.” Ruby Roberts, a resident of Grand Way Commons (GWC) in South Burlington says, “I like to volunteer because I like people. Whatever you see in front of you, just do it. Don’t wait for someone else to do it.” Ruby truly lives by her own words of advice and in her spare time, Ruby delivers Meals on Wheels meals to GWC resident apartments, delivers commodities when they arrive and checks on fellow residents throughout the week. Marisa Valentine, the GWC volunteer meal coordinator says, “Volunteers make a difference in the world. They are so full of love, and they give so much of themselves. They have taught me the importance of living one day at a time and not to worry so much about things.” Lorraine Blow, a volunteer cook who works with Marisa agrees, “Being a volunteer has changed my life. I was in a slump and volunteering in my own community has helped me mentally and physically. I don’t think about my own aches and pains; I focus on the smiles on people’s faces when they are enjoying a good meal at our Wednesday lunch program.”

To learn more about volunteering with Cathedral Square, visit our website at www.cathedralsquare.org or contact Jenn Allen, Volunteer Coordinator at 861-2897. Cathedral Square Corporation is an award-winning developer, owner and manager of 24 affordable housing communities for older Vermonters and individuals with disabilities.