Volunteer

Volunteer at Witherell!

Be a part of a unique tradition that goes back 60 years: become a Witherell volunteer. Volunteers play an important role on our campus. They present art shows and music programs, and escort residents to activities. They staff the gift shop, bring their pets, care for plants in residents’ rooms, and make weekly worship services available. Volunteers range from teens to retirees.

But most of all they are there for our residents, wanting to share their energy and community connections. Volunteers join in conversation or just hold a resident’s hands. The reward? Knowing they have enriched the lives of the Witherell’s residents.

Positions

If you would like to be a part of it you should know there are volunteer opportunities to suit any interest and schedule. To find out more about volunteer positions, click on the links below.

Mary Tate
Volunteer Coordinator
203-618-4228 or mtate.nwvolunteers@gmail.com


Family Council Board

This is a volunteer group of family members and interested parties who meet for discussion and to offer suggestions that positively influence resident life, care, and treatment. They provide support to each other, and support residents and their families. For more information, please contact Gloria Guise at 203-532-5021.

Escort Residents

Volunteers assist the Therapy staff with patient transport, from our various units to the Rehab gym and back. Other duties may include helping as directed in the gym. Weekday mornings are the busiest times, but volunteers are also welcome weekday afternoons from 1 to 3 or 9 to noon on Saturdays.

Recreation

Our therapeutic recreation staff welcomes assistance at their regular as well as special activities. Generally in the auditorium, these programs range from music to news to games, etc., but help is always needed in transporting residents to and from their units, and usually In assisting or serving residents during the activity. Opportunities exist Monday through Saturday, in both the morning and afternoon. Saturdays are when many of our teen volunteers help out.

Plant Care

Each of the 5 nursing wings, as well as the administration area, needs an individual to water the plants in the residents’ rooms once a week, with pruning or fertilizing as needed. These jobs can be done at any time that suits the volunteer’s schedule. Another weekly job Is arranging the flowers delivered by McArdles each Monday morning in time for the 11:00 Chapel service. Each volunteer is encouraged to tend to the plants in the greenhouse as well.

Visiting

Visitors are a window to the world, and many volunteers enhance our residents’ lives through one-on-one relationships. One might come for conversation, or to play cards, or to read to a resident, depending on the mutual interests of the visitor and resident.

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Shop staffers do the selling. Prices are marked, so staffers either take cash or write up a room charge for resident purchases. Additional volunteers are always needed to extend the hours the shop is open, which would ideally be from 10 or 11 AM to 4 PM, Tuesday through Friday, with additional hours on Saturday and Sunday. Weekend staffers are particularly needed.

Pet Therapy

Another way to visit our residents is to bring your leashed pet. Friendly and well-trained dogs are always welcome, at any time (except meal time), and ideally the pet owner will spend a little bit of time with a good number of residents. Cats are also a treat to see.

Religious Services

Volunteers transport residents from all the floors to the chapel on the first floor for the five weekly religious services, all at 11 AM. Mass is on Mondays, Rosary is on Tuesdays, a Protestant Service is on Wednesdays, a Jewish Shabbat is on Thursdays and an ecumenical Eucharistic service is celebrated on Sundays. The volunteers assist during the service with songs and prayers, and return residents to their floors after the service. Another rotating group of volunteers, from St. Mary’s Church, comes on Sundays to deliver communion. A rotating group from Christ Church, runs the service in the chapel on Sundays.

Beauty Shop

Our Beauty Shop, open Tuesday through Friday, is a busy spot, and volunteers help our paid staff with resident transport and other duties, as well as administrative tasks. Helping out with hair styling and cutting requires a license.

Unit Assistant

This is an administrative job of sorts: helping the nursing staff on a unit with various clerical/secretarial functions as they come up. Help is needed every day from 7am to 7pm.

Music

Talented musicians are always welcome to come and entertain our residents. They may play at any of our pianos in each wing, or in the auditorium, or bring their own instrument. Many of our musical volunteers are teenagers honing their craft, but adults also commit their time on a regular basis.

Other

Volunteers do fit into other specialized spots. These include working outdoors in the garden, helping with admissions paperwork, doing a mailing, or presenting a recreation event. One might do an art show, offer a gardening activity, supervise an arts and crafts activity, or do a slide show. We love to take advantage of the special talents of our volunteers.

Faces of Witherell

Maureen Bresnan

Maureen Bresnan

Volunteer
A Witherell volunteer for over 16 years, Maureen now helps out the Therapeutic Recreation Dept. with bingo on Wednesdays and "Coffee, Danish & News" and "Zumba Gold" on Thursdays.