Holiday events at AHH

We’ve had a busy few weeks here at A Helping Hand! Along with our Giving Tuesday fundraiser, we’ve been a part of two great events in the run up to the holidays.

The Great Thanksgiving Listen

On November 17, Activate Good gathered a group of volunteers to participate in The Great Thanksgiving Listen, a national project organized by Story Corps. A Helping Hand and several other local organizations arranged for seniors to come and be interviewed for the national archives. The volunteers used the Story Corps app to record each interview, and the interviews are published and collected here. Please take a listen – our clients have fascinating stories!

Our clients had a great time. Most of our clients have limited access to transportation and usually have to use the rides they have for necessities, so attending a social event is a luxury. Ms. G said it was the first time she’d been out in months that wasn’t a doctor’s appointment.

You can listen to the interviews here!

AHH Holiday Party

Last weekend we hosted our annual holiday party. Clients, companions, interns, board members, and staff gathered for a festive occasion featuring a performance by the UNC a cappella group Harmonyx. It was wonderful to see everyone there, and we’re already looking forward to next year!

 



Jim volunteers in the community and in the board room

After 4 years of service, Jim is one of A Helping Hand’s longest-serving volunteers. Over the past few years, he’s assisted more than 40 clients – some just once, and others on a weekly basis. One client he’s worked with for three years, a total of 135 visits! Jim is an older adult himself, but his jovial personality and lively energy make him seem 20 years younger than his true age. After helping with his mother’s affairs as she aged in an assisted living facility, he wanted to help others stay in their own homes and live independently. He found AHH and has continued volunteering ever since.

Volunteering with AHH has opened his eyes to the services available for seniors that he knows he may need to use one day. This past year, Jim expanded his role and joined A Helping Hand’s board of directors. This has allowed him to further understand what it takes to run AHH, and the board has benefited from his valuable perspective. As a volunteer companion, Jim has a firsthand understanding of the work that we do. As a board member, he helps guide the direction of the organization and ensures that we’re fulfilling our mission. Through his work on the board, Jim hopes he can help us continue to develop and expand our capacity to serve the community.

Beyond his work with clients and on the board, Jim also stays connected to our office staff. He stops by the office often to check in and always brings a joke to tell. Any time he comes in, he brightens our day.

Thank you, Jim, for the service you’ve provided to AHH, to your clients, our staff, and in guiding our mission!

To donate in Jim’s honor, click here. You can also find out more information about volunteering or joining our board.

Giving Tuesday is now just one week away. Check back next week for our final volunteer feature and get ready to donate!