I can’t believe we are at the end of the semester, it feels in some ways that not too long ago that it was September and we were all just meeting. We have had to be creative and embrace what it means to be a resilient social work! I want to thank you all for the hours you have spent on zoom opening up about yourselves and sharing. Even though this is the end of my internship, I am preparing to embark on a journey that is a dream come true for me, building a career based on the goal of equity. As Oprah says, I am embracing my true authentic power by aligning my personality with my purpose. I think I will lead a life well lived.
This week we are taking a moment to pause and reflect on the volunteers we are so grateful for!
A Farwell From The Interns
1. After I retired in 2007 I wanted to volunteer at something. I was a cancer survivor and wanted to volunteer to help others diagnosed as well. I heard about GILDA’S CLUB which was here in Latham and I contacted them to volunteer. After some time the organization changed and became ACS HOPECLUB.
2. Volunteering since 2007.
3. What stands out to me and keeps me involved at HopeClub is the camaraderie that is at Hope Club among members and volunteers. Members welcome new people who are newly diagnosed and may walk in through our RED DOORS and feel nervous or anxious, and then we get to welcome them and help them to find comfort in meeting people who are also in treatment and living with cancer – who understand. New friendships are made every day that last a lifetime.
4. During the pandemic I have focused on staying healthy and safe. I am grateful that however I have been able to work on a project t since fall 2020. I have knitted hats which are then donated thru a couple of organizations. To date I have made about 120 hats. This gives me peace and comfort knowing people that need them are getting new warm hats in this cold weather.
My family has always been active in the community and I personally have been volunteering since I was in elementary school. It has been by privilege to assist food pantries, soup kitchens, mental health groups, fire department auxiliaries and religious organizations. Two years ago, I began volunteering at HopeClub. My three children were grown, I had been a primary caregiver for a family member and close friend two times in five years, and I had shared the road of life with many of my students as they waged their own wars against cancer. I wanted to volunteer where I could possibly help others experiencing the challenges cancer presents.
Although I have acquired many memories of my volunteer experiences, there is one common thread, that serves both as warp and weft in my volunteer tapestry. This “thread” is the memory of how the simplest action can produce a profound, positive impact on the life of another. Whether it’s reading to a child suffering with Glioblastoma, preparing food for someone in need, or holding the hand of a caregiver preparing for the death of a loved one, you have the ability to make a difference. The experience in turn will forever impact your heart.
During the pandemic I have found joy spending additional time with my three children, cuddling with our three dogs and two cats, sharing conversations with friends and organizing small, socially distant events and fundraisers. I look forward to seeing all of our HopeClub members and friends, and assisting with activities in the near future
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
Doris has been an invaluable resource and amazing part of the heart of our work at ACS HopeClub.. She is a survivor yes.. and is so much more … her wisdom, mentoring, and outreach skills continue to help us make connections and open doors in the community… and her Latin Cooking class always has a waiting list … mouths drooling and people inspired to taste some delicious nutritious Latin meals filled with Hope!
An Interview With Doris
What led you to decide to be a volunteer at HopeClub? As a cancer survivor, I wanted to to give back to the community that embraced me when I was initially diagnosed in April of 2104. I remember how welcomed and supported I felt when I walked threw the doors looking to become a volunteer in 2014 and shared my story to only realize I needed to become a member at that time.
How long have you been volunteering? I have been a volunteer since 2016 assisting with recruiting student interns at SUNY Albany and attending Health Fairs on behalf of the American Cancer Society. What I have enjoyed most are hosting the Latin Cooking Classes. It has provided an opportunity to speak to newly diagnosed members about other support systems and resources in the Capital District in addition to teaching traditional Latin dishes.
What is a memory that has left a lasting impact on you while volunteering? It always impacts me when I meet with a newly diagnosed person. I know first hand the overwhelming feeling of hearing the words you have cancer and thinking you are all alone. While volunteering I have had several experiences when I have come across someone that is feeling scared, overwhelmed and unsure of what the future holds. I appreciate the amazing services Hope Club offers to support survivors in different phases of treatment.
What is something you are doing during the pandemic that brings you joy? Hosting our Family Sunday Fun Day, during warmer weather we would all go and play pickle ball then come home, enjoy the pool and BBQ with our family and friends. We also had themed dinners that each family member planned and organized, including dinner out to support the local restaurants during these difficult times.
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