April is National Volunteer Month
April is National Volunteer Month. It’s a time to celebrate all who volunteer as well as to encourage more people to take part. The Sisters of Providence really rely on our volunteers and all that they contribute. Sister Rebecca Keller, SP, who serves as coordinator of Volunteer Services for the Sisters of Providence says, “We love our volunteers and our community is blessed by them and their service to us.”
From September 2017 through August 2018 the Sisters of Providence have had approximately 234 individual volunteers. These amazing people, both women and men, do a variety of jobs for the Congregation. They visit people in healthcare, greet visitors, assist at special events, work in our organic gardens, lead tour groups and so much more. Of the 234 individual volunteers, 42 were Providence Associates and 79 were retired sisters. In addition during that time we’ve had seven groups volunteer. The jobs that are done by our volunteers account for hundreds if not thousands of hours of service which we could not operate without.
Regardless of whether it is once a year at a special event or as a regular in some specific job, all of our volunteers play an intricate role in sustaining the Congregation. Sister Rebecca says, “Our volunteers generously share their time, gifts, and talents with us helping us to continue our mission.”
But volunteering is not only good for the sisters. Studies have proven that people who volunteer can reap oodles of health benefits. Volunteering can actually lower your risk of depression. It’s also is a great way to stay mentally and physically active and it can be a great way to relieve stress and slow down.
During the month of April we’ll be highlighting some volunteer opportunities that we have with the Sisters of Providence. In the meantime if you want to find out more, you can visit our webpage, read stories about our volunteers, or contact Sister Rebecca.