December's Volunteer of the Month - Deborah Weaver
Aging Resources wouldn't operate without our incredible volunteers. We want to thank the many volunteers who donate their time and talent to supporting older Douglas County adults by volunteering with ARDC. Our last featured Volunteer of the Month is Deborah! Deborah lives in Denver, but has been volunteering with Aging Resources by making phone calls to socially isolated seniors. These folks love to hear from Deborah and her check-ins make them feel connected and less isolated.
We are so grateful for all that Deborah does to help the older adults of Douglas County age independently and in place.
Get to know Deborah below...
What brought you to Aging Resources of Douglas County?
I was referred by a person from Volunteers of America (VOA) because I told her that I wanted to do more volunteering with older people. I live near downtown Denver in Denver County so far from Douglas County so I was offered to make calls to senior residents living in Douglas County and I was very happy to accept it.
What is a memorable experience from your time volunteering with Aging Resources?
Every time I call and talk with my elderly aging friend Ann who is 83 years old I have memorable times. She is from a foreign country and she tells me so much of her experience in life which amazes me. She also has a daughter who lives in Denver and has a farm that raises wild animals.
What is something you love about volunteering with older adults?
I have been volunteering for many years and love helping older communities through volunteering while taking food to elderly residents. I love to see the expression and thanks on their face when I deliver their lunch and dinner meals. I get to speak with them and know them.
What advice would you offer to someone who is thinking about volunteering with Aging Resources?
If you are a person who is thinking about volunteering with Aging Resources and you have a love for helping others I tell you that you will get a proud and rewarding feeling that no words can't explain! Helping people who can't do things for themselves is very rewarding.
What are some of your hobbies?
One of my hobbies is I love to go on cruises. I have been on over 40 cruises. I also love to travel and have been to many places in the US and other countries. I am a member of AMC movies so I go to the movies a lot.
What is something on your bucket list?
I feel I already completed my bucket list which was traveling to Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, and Niagara Falls.
What is a fun fact about you?
I have a great sense of humor all the time but I know when to use it. I love to laugh and enjoy myself. I am a happy person and enjoy life. I like to smile.
Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself?
Yes, I am an elder adult myself but am also healthy enough to travel and do things for myself. I do not take that for granted. I look at older adults now living to get to be in their 90s and 100 which influences me greatly.
Thank you Deborah for volunteering with Aging Resources and making such a difference in the lives of older adults! We appreciate you!