More than 100 volunteers ages 3 to 93 were honored at Lutheran for the many ways they bring warmth and compassion to the residents and staff.
"The work they do is precious and priceless," said Suellen Carlson, volunteer coordinator. "We can add the hours and compute the value in dollars, which is always amazing. But we can't measure the impact they make on the residents and staff - for it is truly priceless."
The theme for the luncheon was "Sharing the Warmth" and each volunteer received a knitted scarf as a gift of appreciation.
Volunteers for Lutheran model the scarves they received as gifts of appreciation at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.
Journey Gunderson, executive director for the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center was the guest speaker. She shared humorous and interesting facts about the life and times of Lucy and Desi, as well as highlights of the four pillars of comedy that are the vision of the center.
"The Lutheran community seminars this year have focused on laughter, creating zest in life and living well," Carlson said. "We felt it was fitting to have this program that promotes comedy, because we know that laughter can help keep our volunteers healthy."
Volunteers help in various ways at Lutheran. Some transport residents to activities and therapy, while others serve as friendly visitors. They work two-hour shifts in the gift shop and help with special events. "We always match a volunteer to the area of their interest," Carlson said. "We are very flexible. Even if they travel or head south for the winter, we can accommodate their schedules."
For more information about volunteering at Lutheran visit lutheran-jamestown.org or call Ms. Carlson at 665-8090.