KeyBank volunteers help with yard work at Devon Oaks
May 24, 2011, marked the 21st anniversary of KeyBank’s annual “Neighbors Make a Difference Day.” Managers and staff from area KeyBank offices met at Devon Oaks, Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network’s assisted living community in Westlake. The volunteers spent the day weeding, pruning, planting flowers and beautifying the garden areas.
As Devon Oaks and other not-for-profit providers of aging services deal with funding and budget cuts, organizations benefits from involvement of volunteers because the resources of the organization are multiplied through their work. Additional benefits include potential board members that might come from program volunteers. The tasks that volunteers perform and the duties they carry out are several and varied.
Communities also benefit when volunteers are involved in nonprofit organizations. Individual community members gain new information and ideas, leadership opportunities, a sense of community and satisfaction from helping.
Linda Hart is the Assistant Director for Public Relations for Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network.