CAMDEN, Maine — Quarry Hill honored more than 100 area citizens, including dozens of its own residents, at volunteer-recognition events held on April 23 and May 2, at the Camden retirement community’s Anderson Inn.
A tradition observed each year in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, the events celebrate those who donate their time and talents in support of Quarry Hill activities and programs. This year’s recognition events included a buffet brunch and an afternoon tea.
All told, volunteers donated an estimated 1,631 hours of service to Quarry Hill in 2012, according to activities director and volunteer coordinator Noreen Clark. Volunteers from the wider community helped with field trips and other functions, provided entertainment, played games with residents, read to those with poor vision, brought pets to visit, provided computer help, conducted prayer groups, and offered simple companionship.
Residents themselves volunteered by serving on committees, assisting with office tasks, helping with activities, opening their homes to prospective residents, and performing a wide range of good deeds. One resident made birthday cards for neighbors on her floor; others mended clothes for free or helped care for communally owned pets.
Several resident volunteers spoke about their experiences as volunteers. Louise Hughes described volunteering as a good way for those new to a community to “get acquainted with people, places, and things.” Martha Martens commented that “community is volunteering” and said it includes the simple things that neighbors do for neighbors.
Addressing the May 2 gathering, Clark paid special tribute to the Ladies Auxiliary, which has in recent years held its regular meetings at Quarry Hill. She praised the organization for its contributions to local healthcare and thanked its members for their volunteer service to Quarry Hill residents.
“Their philosophy has always been to do whatever they can to improve our residents’ quality of life.” said Clark.
Quarry Hill is celebrating its 10th anniversary as Midcoast Maine’s premier extended-care retirement community. It is a member of the Pen Bay Healthcare family of services, which also includes Pen Bay Medical Center, Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice, and the Knox Center for Long Term Care. Through these organizations, and with a staff of more than 100 outstanding physicians and more than 1,500 healthcare professionals, we are able to provide the people of Midcoast Maine with a continuum of both routine and specialty patient-centered medical services.
To learn more about Quarry Hill, call 230-6116, or visit www.quarryhill.org or www.facebook.com/QuarryHillCamdenMaine.