Here’s to our Volunteer of the Month, Sierra Ritchie! Her creativity and hard work are an asset to the Council on Aging. Sierra is a member of the local Girl Scouts and earned her volunteer badge by donating over 50 hours to the Council on Aging!
Sierra, why did you decide on volunteering at the Council on Aging?
I chose to volunteer at the Council on Aging to connect with seniors after my grandmother passed away. I never really got to say goodbye to her, to get as close as I wish I could be, so volunteering at the Council on Aging came at a good time.
Are you saying being around seniors makes you happy?
Yes, being around seniors makes me very happy. Watching older adults smile when they get a gift bag that I made – well, it warms my heart.
What did you find rewarding working at the Council on Aging?
I couldn’t help but notice how even minor things we did would impress the seniors. They are so grateful and seemed so happy to get our gifts. No matter how big or small the task, the sense of accomplishment I get at the Council on Aging is like nothing I ever felt before.
Did the experience help you grow as a person?
While volunteering at the Council On Aging, I grew. Before, I was afraid to reach out to other people, but working with the seniors gave me great comfort. It helped me improve my ability to connect with others.
Do you think those served appreciated the Girl Scouts helping out?
I think most definitely people appreciate us, and even if we didn’t hear about it, the feeling is terrific, just helping. I enjoyed being allowed to volunteer at the Council on Aging.
How does volunteering for the Council on Aging make you feel?
It makes me feel grateful to help someone like my grandmother. Because she was so kind and thoughtful, I think it’s only right that I give back to other older people.