September 10, 2019

More than 50 people gathered on August 30th at VCC’s farm-to-table volunteer appreciation luncheon. It was a remarkable turnout, and we–residents and staff–felt the love. We could not ask for a more involved and caring community.

Annette Crawford, VCC’s interim executive director, is awed by the outpouring: “In my almost 30 years as a senior-living administrator, I’ve never seen anything like it! When you count our entire roster of volunteers, it’s ten times bigger than any community I’ve been a part of in the past.”

Guests enjoyed plates flowing with fresh island produce and locally raised meat while listening to current volunteers give examples of programs they’ve created–from board games and  art projects to outings in Vashon parks–to engage residents.

“People really enjoyed it, so much so that 30 signed up as new volunteers!” says Sheri Konvalin, VCC’s lifestyles director. “Now that we have more than 50 active volunteers to help with a variety of activities, I’m working on expanding our scope so that all of our residents can find something that interests them.”

Moving forward, Sheri will host volunteer meetings at 2:00 PM every second Thursday of the month at VCC. The next one will be on September 12th. This will be an opportunity to learn more about our resident programs and to stay tuned as we develop new clinical services for assisted living and memory care. Sheri is also starting a monthly email newsletter for volunteers. If you’d like to get on her list, please click on this link to send her your email address.

If you’re not a volunteer and would like to know more about our programs and services, please contact me to sign up for an information gathering. We’ll be hosting several throughout the fall for island groups and organizations.

With gratitude for our residents and this community,

Anne

Anne Atwell is the community relations and development director at VCC. A Vashonite for 20 years, Anne is proud to say that her first non-profit volunteer board experience was on that of the Vashon Community Care Center way back in the late 90’s. She is so pleased to be coming full circle to work again for VCC and its wonderful residents.