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Thanks for Making our Third "Sweet Celebration" a Sweet Success

Sweet Celebration

Sweet Celebration 2019
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Sweet Celebration 2019

On May 21, 2019, St. Anthony Park Area seniors held its third annual "Sweet Celebration," an afternooon of treats, cookies and beverages.  We were delighted to have more than 60 volunteers, seniors and caregivers we serve, and other neighborhood residents and business leaders join us for a relaxing afternoon.

This past year, 130 SAPAS volunteers provided more than 1,747 hours of service, including 1,003 rides to medical appointments and SAPAS activities, 2,289 individual meal deliveries, 445 home visits, 29 exercise classes, 69 blood pressure clinics, 106 hours of chore help and 1,110 hours of service on the SAPAS Board of Directors.

This year the weather was windy, gray and cool, with rain expected.  The party was moved indoors and hot coffee, tea and cocoa were added to the menu.  Many attendees repeated how nice they thought it was to have a dry, comfortable place to share each other's company.  Many thanks to Centennial United Methodist Church in St. Anthony Park for the use of its Fellowship Hall to hold this event.

Why Volunteer?

One of our volunteers, Carol Mulroy, learned about St. Anthony Park Area Seniors (SAPAS) when her mother and her mother’s friend were receiving services such as rides to medical appointments and nursing and physical therapy in their homes.  One day at Leisure Center Carol sat next to the program director and mentioned that she really appreciated the Meals on Wheels program and would like to get involved delivering meals.  From that day on she has volunteered for SAPAS in a variety of ways to help seniors such as visiting, giving rides, delivering Meals on Wheels and connecting them with additional services.

Carol Mulroy

Carol appreciates how her life grows through volunteering.  She thoroughly enjoys all of the warmth and stories that she and the seniors share with each other.  Carol says after she retired she felt that her life was “as big as it could get”, but now she knows differently.  By sharing stories and experiences with seniors, her life just keeps expanding.

Carol sees so many benefits to volunteering.  Volunteers are able to meet with others, help them, and learn how to get along with all kinds of people.  Volunteers help seniors to continue to live independently.  “Who could live to be 99 on their own without some help?” Carol said. 

Sometimes volunteers help clients as well as other volunteers.  Here is what happened one day.   Carol was helping a senior to get her legs cleaned up so that she could put her stockings on.  Carol noticed that the senior’s legs were kind of swollen and scaly.  Before Carol had the chance to pull up the senior’s stockings, the Meals on Wheels driver came to the door to deliver the senior’s lunch.  The driver just happened to also be a nurse.  She said, “She has cellulitis and needs to go to the hospital.”  Off they went.  Carol was so thankful for the volunteer Meals on Wheels driver that day who came and “saved the day”.

Benefits to Volunteering

Read about health benefits to volunteering as researched by the Corporation for National & Community Service.

Volunteer Opportunities

Last year we had more than 130 volunteers provide direct service to seniors/caregivers, office help and/or serve in a leadership position in order to fulfill this mission.  Will you join them? Check the list below to see the variety of opportunities for you to volunteer to help your neighbors. (For more information about volunteering with us, check out the volunteer handbook near the bottom of the page.)

  • Form friendships by becoming a visitor
  • Provide respite care so a family caregiver can have a break
  • Drive people to health-related appointments, other appointments, or grocery shopping (must have car, valid driver's license and auto insurance)
  • Run errands for grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, and other necessities
  • Drive to deliver Meals-on-Wheels in Saint Anthony Park (Please call the SAPAS office at 651-642-9052, not Keystone Community Services, if you can't deliver on your assigned date.) (must have car, valid driver's license and auto insurance)
  • Help with household projects
  • Help with computer problems
  • Serve as a SAPASeniors Board member
  • Serve as a SAPASeniors Committee member
  • Provide blood pressure checks
  • Lead exercise classes 
  • Assist with fundraising
  • Walk dogs
  • Wash windows
  • Help with seasonal chores (raking and garden work)
  • Help in the office with mailings, computer work, etc.

 

To Apply to be a Volunteer

If you are interested in any of these volunteer activities please call 651-642-9052, email us ([email protected]) or fill out application (below) --then e-mail, mail or bring it to us during your interview.  

 

Volunteer Handbook

Our Volunteer Handbook lays out guidance for St. Anthony Park Area Seniors volunteers.

You can download a copy of the volunteer handbook below.