Volunteer Archives

Welcome Back, HOSA Students!

MHOSAarch isn’t just about March Madness and college basketball, for ACMCC it is the time when the HOSA students from the Allegan AESA join us for a few weeks to observe our segment of the health care field and to interact with our staff and residents! HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America. HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. For ACMCC, these students are the health care professionals of the future. Several of our current staff members participated in the HOSA program when they were in high school and spent time at ACMCC and then joined our team. Please welcome the HOSA students. There are about 58 of them spending time with us this month. Wow!

Posted in Residents, Volunteer

ACMCC Community Carnival

The Allecommunity carnivalgan County Medical Care Community (ACMCC) hosted the 3rd annual FREE Community Carnival on Friday, June 24th. The event was a celebration of ACMCC’s 46th year serving the community of Allegan County. The carnival included many rides, like Zero Gravity bungee trampolines, bounce house, rock wall, and many more rides.   Many carnival games were played, as well as face painting, hot dogs, popcorn, etc!

So, why a carnival fund raiser? Our elders who live in nursing homes cope with the challenges of aging and disease processes, but the other tremendous difficulties they may face come from potential feelings of loneliness, helplessness and boredom that may come with nursing home life. One of the best ways to combat this is with inter-generational sharing with children and young people. This carnival is designed to engage families and elders to interact, have fun, and make memories!

community carnival A large event like our Annual Carnival cannot be accomplished without the support of volunteers and the financial support of generous donors. We cannot thank you all enough for your gifts of time and money. We had over 45 volunteers assist with the carnival this year! If you are interested in donating to the carnival or ACMCC in general, please contact Kimberly Turcott at (269) 673-0498 or see our website at www.allegancountymcc.org. We are appreciative of gifts small and large throughout the year to aid us in providing special items and events for our residents. Thank you again for all your supportcommunity carnival

Posted in Community Carnival, Our Events, Volunteer

Thank you!

A big thank you to Mr. Hugh Snowden for having a second group of us out to Snowden Bowling Alley to bowl. We all had a very good time, and as always were taken very good care of.

thank you bowl

 

Thanks to the First Baptist Church of Allegan for bringing your Choir out for a wonderful Sunday Church Service.

Thank you church

 

And last but not least, a big thanks to the Allegan Youth Choir for coming out and bringing some Easter joy to our residents.thank you choir

Posted in Volunteer

Valentine’s Day at ACMCC

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On Valentine’s Day, we all joined together in Generations to celebrate with homemade chocolates and a fashion show. Volunteers and staff brought in dresses and outfits to wear and show off to our residents. Gardenview made some chocolate heart shaped candies and suckers while Hillcrest brought some homemade chocolate cherries. The Generations crew got together and made chocolate cups by dipping inflated balloons in chocolate. After they hardened ,they removed the balloon and filled them with a mousse. What a special Valentine’s Day! A special thank you to our volunteer Marilyn and her friend from the Allegan Historical Society who brought in replica dresses of fashion from the past.

Posted in Our Events, Volunteer

Pay It Forward

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ACMCC residents were given an amazing opportunity in the spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Local photographer, Sue Laponsie, conducted a pay-it-forward initiative through her photo studio. In the holiday spirit, she was looking for families who would not otherwise be able to afford professional family portraits. This led her to think of our residents here at ACMCC. We took 8 residents including two couples, to her studio in Allegan to have their photos taken. What took place was nothing short of amazing, the smiles that aren’t always seen, the love that was shown between couples. It was an amazing opportunity and we can’t thank Sue enough!

Posted in Volunteer

Volunteering – Raise Your Hand and Get Started!

Volunteering  There are also many indirect benefits to contributing time and energy through volunteering.

The Facts

• Volunteering has been linked to improved quality of life, stronger social networks, increased levels of physical activity and lower mortality rates.

• Volunteerism contributes to healthy aging by enhancing life satisfaction and well being, sense of purpose, self-confidence and personal growth.

• Volunteering is not, by its own definition, a money-making venture. In fact, there are often costs of volunteering such as transportation expenses. Volunteering is usually a low cost activity that provides significant psychological rewards. Volunteer Opportunities Many people find that volunteering is a fulfilling way to use their valuable skills, give back to their communities and mentor others. It may be helpful to keep the following tips in mind when planning where, when and how to volunteer:

• Time management is important— make sure you don’t over-commit, especially at first. A good amount to start with is a couple of hours a week. It’s harder to step back, which can also be frustrating, than to step up later and take on more.

• Make it convenient—getting there shouldn’t be a hassle. There are probably plenty of opportunities for you near your home.

• Expect to be interviewed. Just because you’re available doesn’t mean you’re needed. Some volunteer positions have waiting lists. Be patient and let them know you will take it seriously and be committed.

• Be prepared to interview them. Just because you’re needed doesn’t mean it will be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for you. You also get to choose the social environment you want to be in.

• Know what you enjoy, which is often what you’re good at. Don’t try to reach too far beyond what you’ve enjoyed in the past, at least not at first.

• If you are also looking at volunteering as a learning experience, let them know that when you’re exploring the opportunity. Expect that you will have to do some searching to find the right fit. Be prepared to invest time and effort in the search process. Approaching it with the right attitude can make all the difference. Talk to friends and acquaintances. Let them know you’re looking to volunteer. More often than not they will have some experience to share or know someone you should talk to.

Volunteering with a friend can also be enjoyable, especially sharing the search process. On the other hand, some prefer to “go it alone” so they will be able to make new friends more readily. Working volunteering into your weekly plans can play an important role in healthy aging. A valuable resource for exploring is the website Volunteering in America www.volunteeringinamerica. gov/, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20525 or telephone at 202-606-5000. Although the author is unknown, this is a favorite quote that inspires volunteer service: “Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.”

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Liz Krause: A Lifetime of Involvement and Accomplishment

Honoring Liz Krause

Liz Krause

Liz as she graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD in 1948 with her RN degree. The class celebrated their 65th year in 2013! Liz also earned a Master of Public Health Administration in 1965.

A stronger advocate for the ACMCC? Not Likely! All of us at ACMCC lost a great friend when Liz passed away on April 13th at the age of 90. I knew Liz well over the 20 years she served as a member of the Allegan County Human Services Board. (That oversees the ACMCC) Liz held a special place in her heart for ACMCC was a main focus of her many, many involvements over a lifetime of accomplishment. Her reputation as someone who was able to influence others and get things done is well known, twisting an arm or two, with persistence, until she had improved the outcome. Liz was tenacious, determined, and completely dedicated to her family and her Allegan community.

In conjunction with her role on the DHS board Liz was very active in the Michigan County Social Services Association (MCSSA). Over the years, Liz knew our legislators in Lansing were but a phone call away. And she called often. As a member of the MCSSA Legislative Committee, Liz would follow proposed legislation through the legislative process and was sure to insert Allegan County’s position. This amazing 20-year achievement was recently recognized by MCSSA, awarding Liz a Lifetime Membership award! We are all extremely proud to have had Liz Krause on our team. A strong advocate for human services in Allegan County and the Medical Care Community!

Posted in Staff, Volunteer

Thank You Pie Social

Every ThankThank you pie socialsgiving at ACMCC, we host a Thank you Pie Social for all of our volunteers. We would not be able to provide many services such as weekly beauty shop visits without these wonderful people who donate their time to assist our residents. All of our residents and Generations Adult Day Care clients got together to make all of the pies that were feasted on this year, including  pumpkin and apple pies. The residents shared some pie with volunteers and wonderful stories. Our volunteers assist with many things such as, Bingo games, beauty shop visits, bible studies, and just some-one to sit and chat a while with. We can’t thank all of you enough for your time. As a gift to take home with them, our residents made potato Thank You Pie Socialsoup mix packaged in a big mug. Thanks for braving the weather and coming out to celebrate with us!

Posted in Volunteer

A special volunteer – Doug Vick

Honoring a Special Volunteer – Doug Vick

He wasDoug Vick a quiet and humble person, choosing to volunteer at ACMCC under the radar of our volunteer program. He shunned recognition and any thanks for his wonderful contribution. That is just the kind of person Doug Vick was. So, this newsletter item is totally against his wishes. Doug’s wife, Gloria resided with ACMCC until her passing three years ago. After Gloria passed, Doug gave a piece of himself three evenings per week. Everyone on the Hillcrest Neighborhood anticipated the days he would be here – in the evening just after supper time. They gathered with Doug around the main table. He played songs, they sang, prayed, and shared. Doug provided what most nursing home residents, lack companionship. He witnessed the toll of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom. If it could be measured; the laughter, the feet tapping, the companionship and friendship he created here – on his own terms, is amazing. Doug Vick passed away recently. He is greatly missed.

Posted in Volunteer

Volunteers

ACMCC Thanks all Their Volunteers!

National Volunteer Week – April 6-12

 national volunteer week

Allegan County Medical Care is supported by several volunteers who tirelessly work to make the day a little brighter for our residents and clients. Various positions include:

  • Driver – for our Generations Clients
  • Manicure Assistant
  • Arts and Crafts Assistant
  • Hair Dresser
  • Resident Activities Support

All of the volunteer opportunities provide everyday social support by working one on one or small groups with residents and clients. “Last year our volunteers provided 3,320 hours of service,” said Bill Hekker, Administrator. “We couldn’t provide that little extra without our gracious volunteers.”

 

National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. It is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions.

Posted in Volunteer, Volunteer Week