Why I Volunteer: Meet Vicky
1. Of all the places in Oxford County, why did you choose to volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
I chose the Alzheimer Society because I witnessed first hand the need for caregivers to receive some much needed time away from their loved one that they are trying to care for at home. My Uncle was struggling to keep my Aunt at home for as long as possible. He finally did reach out to the Alzheimer Society for help and it was through Judi Restemeyer that I learned about the Volunteer Companion Program. Within a month I had signed up for the training program and was introduced to my first match a couple of months later. It was the best decision I ever made.
2. How long have you been a volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
I have been a volunteer for 5+ years now.
3. What volunteer positions are you currently involved with at the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
Currently I am only involved with the Intergenerational Choir. Previously I have been a Volunteer Companion and was matched up with two remarkable individuals. I have delivered newsletters, volunteered at a Alzheimer booth at side walk days. I’ve helped with the Circle of Support group. Having parents that no longer drive has made it harder for me to commit more of my time to the Society but I hope to get back to doing more in the future.
4. What is your most memorable moment from volunteering with the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
I can’t really pinpoint a most memorable moment. Sounds kind of cliché to say they all have been memorable. But I guess I will to say that when I spent time with my two matches and they had been having a bad day I would just start to sing. I have seen time and time again how powerful just singing with someone can be.
5. What impact has volunteering at the Alzheimer Society of Oxford had on you?
Volunteering for the Society has had a huge impact on my life. I have often struggled with why I have been placed on this earth. Knowing now and seeing first hand what we might think of as being small gestures and how they can change someone’s life in a moment is truly the most rewarding feeling that a person can get. I realize that perhaps this is what I and all the rest of us are here for. To help wherever, whenever and whoever we can in some small way.
6. Is there anything you would like to say to encourage others to volunteer for the Alzheimer Society of Oxford?
I would definitely encourage others to volunteer their time. We can all make time for other. If you can brighten someone’s day by giving a few hours of your time, why wouldn’t you? The rewards are worth it. I remember reading this quote somewhere: “Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice!”
So why not choose to volunteer for the Alzheimer Society.