BELINGTON - The Good Samaritan Society-Barbour County will celebrate National Volunteers' Week April 6-12.
National Volunteer Week is a special time to honor volunteers for their contributions. The Good Samaritan Society-Barbour County plans a worship service on Sunday, starting at 11 a.m. in the chapel. Also, an appreciation day for the volunteers is slated for April 11, starting at 1 p.m.
Last year, volunteers at The Good Samaritan SocietyBarbour County shared an estimated 1,000 hours of volunteer work. Some of the volunteer opportunities included visiting with the residents, arts and crafts, worship services, weekly bingo games, singing sessions, and enhancing the outside visitor area. Groups that have volunteered include local elementary schools, local ministers, avid volunteers, and residents' families.
"Volunteers play an extremely important role in fulfilling the mission of sharing God's love in word and deed," said Administrator Dion Wagoner. "Our volunteers inspire residents, their families, staff members and others through the simple act of sharing their gifts of time and talent."
National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when former President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the annual celebration of volunteering. Today, the special week is sponsored by the Points of Light Institute.
The Good Samaritan Society-Barbour County is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, a not-for-profit organization that owns and operates rehabilitation and skilled care centers and senior living communities in 24 states. The Society's mission is to share God's love in word and deed by providing shelter and supportive services to older persons and others in need, believing that, "In Christ's love, everyone is someone."
For more information about volunteering at the Center, call Ginger Thorne, activities director, at 304-823-2555.