Vacuuming, while a tiresome chore, may seem easy enough. But for our older congregation members, the task can be a huge challenge. On Saturday, June 3 a group of Faith Center volunteers set out to make the impossible, possible with a lot of love and hard work.
“I would never ask anyone to do what [my volunteers] did for me,” a local senior said. “It’s so wonderful that [Faith Center] asked me what I needed, and I didn’t have to ask.”
More than 30 volunteers of all ages met in the Faith Center foyer Saturday morning to receive their assignments, pray, and dispatch to 12 senior’s homes. There they performed an assortment of services ranging from vacuuming, cleaning, mopping, dusting, washing windows and cars, and clearing gutters.
“Everything we did was unskilled labor,” Organizer Sandi Case said. “Simple things can just be increasingly difficult as we reach a certain age.”
Teams were a mix of singles, couples and families with small children serving people up to and past 80 years of age.
“[My senior] kept thanking us over and over,” one volunteer said, “but I don’t think she was nearly as blessed by us as I was by her.”
After completing their tasks, volunteers and the seniors they were serving joined together for a potluck lunch in the Faith Center kitchen. The seniors were honored guests and were not allowed to bring anything but themselves. Laughter filled the building as great memories and friendships were formed.
“I made more connections with other people from this church this morning than I have in attending services for 3 months,” another volunteer said.
“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate [my volunteers],” one senior said. “It isn’t easy to make new friends, but I did today.”
To find out how you can get involved in Faith Center outreaches, contact Outreach Pastor Allan Campbell at (707) 442-1784 or email email@example.com.