CONTACT: M. “Peggy” Salisbury 908-771-5730; Norma T. Sheld 908-771-5815
Itís always the perfect time to volunteer at Runnells Specialized Hospital
Sam Kinney of Summit, a volunteer from HRH in Cranford assisted RUNNELLS resident Eleanor Brogan, formerly of Roselle at a fiber art class run by Arts Unbound for RUNNELLS residents. HRH volunteers helped residents to create fabric art pieces worthy of framing.
You give your loved ones special gifts on birthdays and holidays, selecting and wrapping them in colored paper. You also give gifts you can’t wrap; the pleasure of your company. You can help the residents and patients of RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County in Berkeley Heights by giving the gift of your presence as a volunteer.
Whether you’re considering volunteering as an individual or with a company or club, think of what you can do for others. As a RUNNELLS volunteer, your time and talents, just the fact that you are there and you care is invaluable.
RUNNELLS has a great need for volunteers, especially in the coffee shop. These individuals make and serve hot drinks; serve items that include baked goods and keep the coffee shop clean and supplies full. The coffee shop has openings Monday-Friday, 8-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Coffee shop profits go to the Volunteer Guild, which uses it, combined with gift shop profits to benefit residents and patients. The Guild buys birthday and holiday gifts, DVDs, CD players and TVs; sponsors entertainment, and sponsors and hosts a monthly ice cream social as well as supports theater tickets, an annual carnival and many others.
“RUNNELLS has many dedicated volunteers,” said Union County Freeholder Chester Holmes. “In spite of their dedication, we lose them for one reason or another sometimes and need others to fill the void.
Members of the New Providence United Methodist Church’s Susanna Circle regularly volunteer at RUNNELLS SpecializedHospital running their popular bingo games. Ready to play were RUNNELLS residents Elaine Peterson (seated front, left) and Rose Carr (seated right, second from the front). Looking on was Patricia Scott, AD, BA, CRS (Certified Recreation Supervisor) of Union, Director of Volunteer Services and Activities Therapy (rear, right).
The need for volunteers in today’s economy is probably higher than it has been for years with some retirees returning to the paid workforce and others delaying retirement, on top of budgets that can’t pay for what they once did. Individuals and groups are needed. This includes teens 14 and older for junior volunteers. Volunteer opportunities for teens range from assisting with recreational activities including assisting residents to play board and computer games, to serving at candlelight dinners. In addition to satisfying a desire on the part of adults of all ages and teens to help others, volunteering keeps the skills of seniors sharp and their minds challenged while teens have an important college resume entry.”
In addition to the Guild’s need for coffee shop volunteers, the hospital’s Office of Volunteer Services is seeking volunteers for other activities that include:
Extending the hand of friendship to residents who don’t have family or friendship contacts via the “Friendly Visitor Program.”
Escorting wheelchair residents to Occupational or Physical Therapy and religious services.
Assisting licensed beauticians in the beauty salon Monday to Friday.
Assisting staff in filing, typing, copying and mailing.
Individuals over 18 who volunteer at RUNNELLS may also join the RUNNELLS SpecializedHospital Volunteer Guild. The Guild is the fundraising arm of the volunteers. Guild members are committed to actively participate in the development and support of fundraising activities which benefit RUNNELLS patients and residents. Guild officers, immediate past president and chairpersons of most standing committees make up the Executive Board which manages and controls the funds of the Guild’s annual operating budget. It also directs Guild affairs on behalf of members as well as organizes and arranges fundraisers. Additional Guild members may be nominated for membership on the Executive Board by existing Executive Board members.
“Now is the time to answer the call to service on behalf of others and volunteer at RUNNELLS Hospital,” Freeholder Holmes added.
Flexible hours and other opportunities exist, with resident contact as well as performing other tasks. Anyone who would like further information should call the Office of Volunteer Services at 908-771-5847.