The Heart and Soul of Presbyterian Homes & Services
"The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'"
Volunteerism is one of the hallmarks of Presbyterian Homes & Services. From the very beginning, local church members, children, service clubs, and staff have volunteered in every one of our communities.
Many different people
We are blessed to have a wide diversity of volunteers - young children and older adults; volunteers who are here once a year and volunteers who are here every day; individuals and families; service organizations and church groups.
Serving in many ways
These volunteers complete a variety of tasks for all of us. The residents that we have been called to serve are so important and deserve the very best. Volunteers help to supplement staff service - to do the little "extras" and to spend valuable time with the residents.
Sharing in one Spirit
For our volunteers, no one is more or less important than another, and no job is too big or too small. Just as Corinthians 12 talks about many parts, but one body, each of our volunteers have many jobs, but one purpose - and that is to give back some of the blessings they have been given. We can (and do!) count the number of volunteers who have served, the number of hours that have been given, and even translate those hours into dollars. What is truly immeasurable is the difference that each of the volunteers has made to the residents and staff members. Presbyterian Homes is known for our Christian culture and high quality of life. This reputation has been built and grown over the years due to the volunteers and how they have faithfully served.
Each PHS community is blessed with volunteers and has opportunities specific to its setting and needs. This is a sample of volunteer opportunities that might be available near you. Group opportunities might also be available.
- Administrative support
- Spiritual care
- Crafts and sewing
- Meal delivery
- Special events
- Therapy pet visits
- Reading to a resident
- Dining room assistance
- Resident visits
- Resident Council support
to inquire about volunteering at our home office, one of our communities, or with Optage®.
“Volunteering with residents in nursing homes provides meaning and purpose in my life. I feel like I'm making a difference in the lives of others. Many of the most meaningful interactions I’ve had in recent years are with the seniors I serve while volunteering!”
– Sarah, Arbor Memory Care Volunteer
“When I'm volunteering it's hard to tell who is having more fun, the people there to help out or the people receiving the help. It is so much fun for everyone when we go to Highland Ridge that everyone, as soon as we leave, starts planning the next time we can go and what we can do.”
– Josephine, Highland Ridge Volunteer
"Volunteering with hospice is an opportunity to give back after all the care and support my mother received as a resident.. It is also a gift to me, many have led rich lives and simply enjoy a listening ear."
– Paul, Optage Hospice Volunteer
“Even the simple things like a smile and a look of recognition that I am a familiar face. That always touches my heart and makes me feel good.”
– Ann, Optage Companion Volunteer
“Woof! Woof! Woof!” ("I love making the residents smile!")
– Bailey, Therapy Pet Volunteer