The volunteer spirit runs deep among our residents and team members; Volunteers give their time to many different activities, from Bible education for local school children to arts and crafts. We’re rich with opportunities for people who want to share their talents both within Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community and in greater Quarryville.
At Quarryville, our mission is to provide for the spiritual, physical, emotional, and social needs of our residents through high quality facilities, services and personal care in a manner faithful to the Bible and honoring our Lord, Jesus Christ. Through our Community Volunteer Program, volunteers help the organization fulfill this mission every day.
The following are some examples of opportunities to volunteer at Quarryville:
Congratulations to Cliff Reynolds who is currently in QPRC’s Volunteer Spotlight! Cliff has been volunteering at QPRC since the spring of 2017. His wife, Denise, joined him as a volunteer about a year later.
When asked why he became a volunteer, Cliff joked, “One reason is because my wife said that I should. Yes, she is usually right.” He says that once a week they spend three hours visiting residents in the Thompson Building or Skilled Nursing department.
Cliff says that he approaches visiting residents the same way he does waving at passing cars as he takes his daily 90-minute morning walk. He waves to say, “Have a good day,” and if they wave back, it’s nice, but if they don’t, that’s okay too. When he stops in resident’s room to say “Hello,” it may be that a visit isn’t convenient or the resident may not be feeling well that day. Cliff says If they want to talk, that’s good, and if they don’t, that’s okay too, since maybe they will talk another day.
Cliff recently started 30 minutes of what he calls “Sing-a-long if you want” music before lunch is served in Skilled Nursing. For the first 15 minutes they sing popular songs that may stir a memory, and for the last 15 minutes they sing hymns. Bonnie Balentine, Director of Activities and Volunteers, says, “The residents love it! Cliff and his lovely wife, Denise, are wonderful visitors with residents.”