Why I Volunteer: Ernie & Nancy
Ernie & Nancy Pierik - Volunteer Companions since 2019
“Nancy and I have volunteered in many different capacities over the years, but why with the Alzheimer Society? We recognized some limitation that occurs with getting older in ourselves, and we have seen some of the loving efforts caretakers have made with aging family members with dementia. We recognized there was a real need for volunteers to help support people with dementia and we sensed that each of us, even with our own limitations, still have something to share with them, and at the same time, give the caretakers a bit of time for themselves.
“We love to volunteer and to serve others because Jesus has done so much to change our lives. We love to help change other people's lives for the better. That has been a central focus of our lives, even in our careers, and part-time during our working lives. We retired early to do full-time volunteer work to give back to the community for what we have received. And, as is always the case, with volunteering we were probably blessed the most.
“Our encouragement to others would be to get involved in serving, volunteering and helping others. You are most likely going to get much satisfaction and joy from it as well as giving joy, meaning, and connection to someone else. Having said that, realize it might involve some hard work, some sorrows, and pain, yet the joy and blessing you give in all of that come back multiplied many times. So yes, jump in!”
Ernie and Nancy, thanks immensely for your sincerity and commitment to warmly support our clients every single week! You’ve truly made a difference!