Why I Volunteer: Meet Peter

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Peter Vanzansky - Volunteer Companion since 2017

“About 20 years ago my buddy volunteered quite often for special occasions in London. I asked him, ‘Why do you volunteer? There is no money in it for you.’ He said, ‘Peter, it is impossible to explain, you have to try it yourself.’ So, after I retired, I tried it and would not give it up.” 

Peter is one of many fantastic Volunteer Companions making weekly visits with our clients who have Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. “Seeing happy faces when entering their homes, is priceless!! I try to help clients to keep their memories functioning. It makes me happy when I walk in and they recognize me. We play games and they have a good time.  The feeling of helping someone is wonderful. I just hope that one day someone will be helping me.” 

When asked what message Peter would like to send to our youth today about the importance of volunteering, he shared, “Volunteer while you are young and able to. One day you will appreciate some volunteer visiting you. And remember, every time you perform a good deed, you score positive points up there. So, when your time comes up, St. Peter will happily open the gate!” 

Peter, thanks immensely for the many ways you’ve provided companionship to our clients!

Last Updated: 04/06/2020