Volunteers Make the Difference

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Every day dozens of volunteers make the difference in the lives of our older neighbors. Food is delivered to the home-bound. Friendly visitors bring laughter and good cheer to the weary.  New programs are led at all our sites.  Drivers get people to doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and grocery stores.

Volunteers are also critical workers in our centers.  Volunteers greet participants, serve lunches, and work in key office positions.  When I first joined Surrey over nine years ago, the volunteers in the finance department made me feel welcome and they taught me what Surrey is all about – the spirit of healthy, active older adult neighbors helping neighbors.

Today, over 1,000 neighbors work to make the difference in the lives of others throughout the entire Surrey community. They are the life blood of our network and the reflection of our organization.  Every single hour and act of kindness they give is important.  We are truly grateful for their generous gifts of time and talent each and every day.

On October 4, we celebrated the achievement of six extraordinary volunteers who served during our last fiscal year (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013.) Their achievements reflect the variety of ways volunteers touch the lives of others.  From making repairs to keep someone’s home safe, to teaching an art class in one of our centers, these neighbors are selfless in their willingness to help others.  Please join me in thanking them and all the volunteers who make Surrey the great community organization that it is.

Barbara J. Fentress
President and CEO