Why I Volunteer: Meet Rick
Rick Bell - Volunteer Since 2012
Rick and his pal Don have been so supportive of the Alzheimer Society of Oxford as cheerful maintenance volunteers tackling numerous projects over the years.
“I make time in my life to volunteer because I learned at an early age the value of being a volunteer. It started in Boy Scouts where we earned Merit Badges for performing certain tasks. I remember planting trees for a Conservation Area and there were numerous tasks that had you volunteer a service. In university, I remember filling sandbags to help prevent flooding in Guelph. When I was teaching in Stratford, the Geography teacher started a ME Club (Man’s Environment). One of our big projects was to set up glass container recycling depots. We would collect the glass, take it to a central location and smash the glass in barrels. It was then taken to an industry in Toronto and the club received funds from the sale. This was in the 1970s.
“As a teacher, I was involved in coaching football. This required many hours each season, but I enjoyed it. In 1984, a Lions Club was formed in Sweaburg and I joined. Lions clubs have many activities that serve the public. So, I guess you could say that I have been a volunteer for most of my life.
“My friend Don and I began helping different charities when we retired. We have helped at Ingamo Family Homes and the United Way (mostly on the Day of Caring). I think it was Cathy Hill (administrative staff) who knew that we did this sort of thing and asked if we could help at the Alzheimer Society. The rest is history.
“I enjoy volunteering at the Alzheimer Society because what we do is appreciated and it feels good to help. It’s always nice to see smiling faces.”
Rick, your desire to support and invest time in the Alzheimer Society of Oxford is very much appreciated! The work you’ve done is so incredibly valuable!