This week is National Volunteer Week, when we honor the work that volunteers do year-round to support organizations and communities across the country. In gratitude and celebration of our incredible volunteers, this week our blog is publishing a series of Q&As with some of our dedicated volunteers. First up is Veronica Ferris!
Meet Veronica Ferris
Year you started volunteering with Iona:
Why did you start volunteering with Iona?
I have always had a passion for helping older adults, especially those with memory loss and Alzheimer’s. I firmly believe that we need to treat our seniors with respect and dignity, and I think that Iona’s slogan “Age Well. Live Well” perfectly captures that. I have been familiar with Iona’s work for almost a decade now, and am delighted to be a part of it!
What volunteer roles have you had with Iona?
As a volunteer at Iona, I have represented Iona at community partner fairs, and helped recruit new volunteers. I also help coordinate the Friendly Visitor/Grocery Shopper program, and match volunteers of all ages with older adults, who often develop lasting friendships. I have volunteered with the seniors in the Wellness & Arts Center and the Active Wellness Program at St. Albans. I have also helped out with special events such as art shows and holiday lunches.
What have you learned through your experience volunteering with Iona?
I hope to learn more about the needs of seniors in the Washington, DC area, and how organizations like Iona are meeting those needs and advocating for seniors in policy. I am also thrilled to be learning about multiple aspects of volunteer coordinating, which is extremely important.
What would you say to someone thinking about becoming an iona volunteer?
Iona is an organization with an amazing spirit of service to senior citizens. Being a volunteer at Iona means joining a community of wonderful, friendly, and selfless people. Volunteering at Iona has been an incredibly inspiring and rewarding experience!
If you’re interested in volunteering at Iona, please contact our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love for you to join our community of care!