10/14/11 Volunteers make the day brighter for people they visit. The Baumgartner family of Plymouth recently volunteered to share their Sunday afternoons with residents of Miller’s Senior Living Community in Plymouth.
It began with Forrest who is a student at Riverside Middle school. He expressed interest to his mother, Kelly that he would like to play games with some senior citizens. Kelly called the activity director at Miller’s and started the ball rolling.
Forrest brought his older sister Heather (Lincoln Jr. High) and Autumn (Menominee) with him; as well as his good friend Hayden Bardwell (Riverside) on the first day of volunteering. The activity director greeted them and introduced them to residents. The young people broke up into pairs and began playing cards and pool with the residents. The following Sunday they all came back including mom, Kelly and dad, Cliff.
The Baumgartner family plans to volunteer several Sundays a month. This is a wonderful opportunity for all involved to make new friends and learn from each other. Jim Winenger took several of the young people under his wing and taught them to play euchre while Dale Bules challenged the others to a game of pool.
Anyone wanting more information about volunteering at Miller’s Assisted Living may call 574-936-9801 and ask for Cindy Flagg, Activity Director.
Photos:Mae Kile and Jean Zandstra of Miller’s Senior Living Communtiy enjoy a game of Euchre with volunteer Heather Baumgartner.
Jim Winenger and Mae Mikesell of Miller’s teach volunteer Forrest Baumgartner how to play Euchre.
Volunteer Autmun Baumgartner plays a game of Go Fish with June Koss of Miller’s Senior Living Community.