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April 16, 2013 > Masonic Home celebrates National Volunteer Week

Masonic Home celebrates National Volunteer Week

Submitted By Michelle Simone

April 21 is the start of National Volunteer week and residents and staff of the Masonic Homes of California are using this opportunity to express their thanks to the hundreds of Union City-area residents and community organizations that have participated in volunteer activities at the Home in the past year.

"Our volunteers served more than 56,000 hours last year," says Carlene Voss, volunteer and community resource program manager at the Masonic Home at Union City. "We are so grateful for and inspired by their dedication and support."

Local volunteers provide a wide variety of services for the nonprofit residential senior community, including teaching language and activities classes; offering pet therapy; decorating for holidays; operating a resident-run shopping program; providing technical, nursing, and clerical support; working in the Home's on-site organic garden; and building meaningful relationships with residents.

And Voss is quick to point out that this astonishing range of activities occurs in the midst of volunteers' already-busy lives. "People tend to think that it is only retired people who volunteer," Voss says. "But many, many of our volunteers are professionals - doctors, school principals, college students. It is often the busiest people who it's difficult to imagine having free time at all, who choose to spend the time they have giving back."

The Masonic Homes of California encourages members of the Union City community to celebrate National Volunteer Week. Held from April 21-27, this important observance - established nearly 40 years ago - champions the efforts of those who use their time and talents to positively affect the communities in which they live.

Local residents who are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at the Masonic Home at Union City should contact Carlene Voss at (510) 429-6469 or cvoss@mhcuc.org.

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