May 16, 2019 (Newton Grove, NC) ─ National Volunteer Appreciation Month was in April. Residents at Rolling Ridge have plenty of reasons to count their blessings. The DePaul Senior Living Community in Newton Grove has many dedicated volunteers of all ages!
Pictured above, volunteer Lizzie Phipps, a junior at Hobbton High School, delivers an Easter basket to Rolling Ridge resident Mary Ann Herring and poses with resident Robert Maglothin before her prom. Also pictured is Sheila Gardner, a volunteer who brings in her therapy dogs once a month, with resident Betty Hairr.
Phipps began volunteering at Rolling Ridge through the Health Occupations Club at her school over a year ago. She said she’s not sure if she’s adopted the residents or if they’ve adopted her.
“I wanted to volunteer to make a difference,” she said. “Now they’re just as much my friends as those I go to school with every day,” she said.
Lizzie has walked in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s to raise money for a cure and in honor of Rolling Ridge residents who have passed away, and she has gotten several other clubs she’s involved with to volunteer at the senior living community. She also stopped in recently before heading off to her prom.
“It’s always a good idea to get out there and experience new things,” she said. “Volunteering will impact you as much as it impacts the people you’re helping.”
In addition to Phipps and Gardner, Pastors Allison Lancaster and Debora Stilley visit Rolling Ridge regularly to share faith and comradery with residents, pianist Susan Williford performs for residents every Wednesday and Anna Peele visits Rolling Ridge once a month to teach fitness classes.