By Helena Tavares Kennedy
In celebration of National Volunteer Week and to honor Tribute’s volunteers, Tribute’s Director of Excitement, Meagan Cunningham, will host a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon for all of their volunteers on Saturday, April 21 at 12:00 noon. They will enjoy a special meal and leave with “thank you” gifts.
Cunningham said, “I truly could not do my job efficiently without the help of our volunteers. Volunteers play a very important role in activities. I am so lucky and grateful to each and every one that walks through our doors. Volunteers truly are the heart of our team.”
Tribute’s volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and offer to help wherever needed. Rev. Bonita Chase has been volunteering at Tribute since it opened its doors a little over a year ago and faithfully volunteers every Tuesday and Sunday. Chase said, “I love the residents and staff at the Glen. It is very fulfilling for me to volunteer. The residents and staff are very welcoming and show compassion to all.” Chase leads a non-denominational church service every Sunday at 10:30 a. m. at Tribute at the Glen for residents, families and even external guests who enjoy attending her services.
Cindy Wayland volunteers every Tuesday in Tribute’s memory care unit. She usually does a sing-along with the residents. Wayland said she loves to see the smiles on the faces of the residents and loves to hear stories of their lives. She said, “I really enjoy spreading the joy of God’s love with others and love to fellowship with the residents and staff.”
April Thomas has been volunteering with Tribute since November 2017 with her two children, a daughter who is 11 years old and a son who is 13 years old. When asked what her kids enjoy about volunteering at Tribute, Thomas said, “They enjoy the friendships they have built, despite the age gap, and they also enjoy teaching the residents new games, such as Uno.”
Thomas originally wanted her children to learn about commitment, empathy and humility by volunteering at Tribute. “After taking a tour of the center, I sat the kids down and I told them this would be a commitment, once we begin we cannot stop; we may be the only constant in some of the residents’ lives,” said Thomas. “I also explained that in life you have to give more than you take, and this is our opportunity to serve.”
Tribute at The Glen, which opened in January 2017, offers assisted living and memory care. The senior living community blends detailed luxury with care, safety and a high quality of life. The entire building is saturated with WiFi so team members can communicate and families can access the Internet when visiting. For more information, visit tributeattheglen.com.
Helena Tavares Kennedy ([email protected]) is a contributing writer for Prince William Living.