Volunteer opportunities abound at St. Anthony's

| 22 Feb 2012 | 02:47

    Warwick — St. Anthony Community Hospital and the Warwick Health Campus of Bon Secours, which includes Mount Alverno Center and Schervier Pavilion, offer numerous opportunities for community members to get involved and make a real difference in the lives of others. “As a charitable institution, we rely heavily on the support of our community volunteers,” said Penelope Mann, system director of volunteers, gift shops and auxiliaries. “We’re grateful to those who are able to volunteer with our patients and residents either on a regular basis or just from time to time. Whatever they can do and whatever time they can share is so helpful and can really enhance the lives of our elderly residents or those who are sick.” For many people, the question is not whether to get involved, but how to go about it. Here are some of the volunteer opportunities that exist at the Warwick Healthcare Campus: Spend an hour reading to some of the elderly residents at Mount Alverno. Whether it’s a favorite story or poem, your voice and your interest will help to spark interest in others. Music is therapeutic and soothing. If you play an instrument, play for an audience that would greatly appreciate your talents, either at Schervier or at Mount Alverno. Spend a few hours a week working in the hospital gift shop. For moms and dads, bring your children or a small group of children to sing Christmas carols or holiday songs for residents or the hospital patients. Create a piece of “art” - something colorful that can grace the walls of patient or resident rooms and bring them cheer. This is a great activity for children. If your interest is in movement or dance, lead an exercise or dance class. Be a front desk greeter to welcome patients to the hospital. Come for an hour and play board games with residents. For those seeking more regular visits, “adopt” a grandma or grandpa whom your family can spend time with and send cards to. Many of the residents have family that is outside of the community and/or far away and would love to get visits from friendly faces. “Whatever your time or talent, share a smile or simply visit and share stories. There is such a great feeling you get when you volunteer,” says Mann. “It’s the gift you’ll give yourself.” For more information about volunteer opportunities call Mann at 368-5447 or email her at penny_mann@bshsi.org.