Volunteering can make a difference for you

There’s really no better way to describe volunteering at Community Care’s Thrift Shop than through the words of the volunteers themselves.

This is what our volunteers have to say: “I enjoy meeting and talking to the seniors and the community members who come into the thrift shop. It has broadened my circle of friends and it’s amazing what people are looking for. Usually they manage to find something they need.” “I get to know people and people get to know me.” “Working in the thrift shop has become part of my routine and I can give back to my community by raising money to help seniors.” “It’s fun!” “It’s like Christmas every day.” “Customers say that we should charge admission to go into the shop because it’s so much fun!”

We’re always recruiting new volunteers because there are more seniors to help, more things to be done. At the present time, we have lots of room for more volunteers at the Thrift Shop. We can even accommodate volunteers who are away for several weeks a year (some are snowbirds) so don’t let that stop you from putting your name forward.

Studies show without a doubt what we’ve always known: volunteers live longer, healthier, happier lives. Feel free to go into Community Care’s Thrift Shop at 153 Main Street and ask the volunteers about their experiences in the shop. They will happily share with you the great time they have giving their time in this way. These volunteers will encourage you to come to the office and apply. We have a thrift shop orientation session coming up so we’re anxious to recruit new volunteers and have them attend.

Ameliasburgh luncheon social

The Nov. 8 menu features homemade soup, chopped beef sirloin onion gravy, potato and vegetables, apple pie, bread and butter, coffee and tea, all catered by Bill Grieve, the chef with Wheel House and Occasions Catering. The cost is $10 per person. Only those seniors who have registered can be served.

This is a special event will feature a presentation following the meal. Community Care has made special arrangements and offers free — yes, free —transportation for seniors who wish to attend Reserve your place by the Tuesday prior at noon by calling 613-476-7493. When registering indicate if you need the free transportation, a take out or delivered meal.

Office closure

The Community Care Office is closed Friday, Nov. 3 for staff and volunteer training event. Meals on Wheels will go out as usual.

Know your emergency service provider

Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services and the County fire department will be on hand to discuss community paramedicine and fire prevention. This free talk is on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 12:30 p.m. at Ameliasburgh Town Hall. Reservations are required as seating is limited. Call 613-476-7493.