When you “Say Yes to Service,” you are making a difference in the lives of others. Volunteers are crucial in our efforts to provide vital resources for individuals and families facing life-changing situations in Pennsylvania. More than 400 individuals have volunteered throughout the Liberty Family of Services just in the last year through a variety of ways.
Bringing Joy to Seniors
Joe and Roberta Foster have volunteered at Artman for ten years. Every other Friday afternoon the couple serves as the bartenders at “cocktail hour.”
It started when both Roberta’s father and grandmother moved there and continued even after their passing.
Volunteers bring joy to residents at The Village at Penn State by playing instruments for religious music programs and assisting with weekly group activities like bingo. They also visit residents with beagles and golden retrievers for pet therapy.
Our Faith Based Partners
Our partnership with congregations provides valuable volunteer support. St Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lafayette Hill engages residents at Paul’s Run through cooking parties. They brought cookies and pretzels for Paul’s Run residents to decorate for the holidays in December. In April, they brought pre-cooked chicken, rice and other ingredients and residents made casseroles. The food was distributed to people in need in Mt. Airy. Members of the congregation also make prayer shawls to bring comfort to those who are ailing at Paul’s Run.
“It’s really about being kind and loving to one another,” says Ellen Daneke, Social Ministries Chair, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
St. Peter’s is starting a new volunteer project connecting both Paul’s Run and refugee clients served by our Lutheran Children and Family Service. The congregation has collected toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, and conditioner. Paul’s Run residents will fill these “welcome bags” and they will be donated to newly arrived refugees.
“I think the people who come here to resettle are very brave,” Ellen adds. “The important thing is to set them up for success and support their hope for a future.”
Volunteers at St. Mark’s in Conshohocken echoed that support on the MLK Day of Service, when dozens gathered to organize donated household goods in storage, that will be distributed to newly arrived refugee clients this year.
There are many ways you can say “Yes to Service” throughout the Liberty Family. Please consider sharing your time and talents as we help the most vulnerable in our communities together.
For more information, contact Julia Menzo at [email protected]
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