Friday, July 12, 2013

Together We Can Hold Up the Sky

There is an old Chinese Parable that goes like this…

One day an elephant saw a hummingbird lying on its back with its tiny feet up in the air. "What are you doing?" asked the elephant. The hummingbird replied, "I heard that the sky might fall today, and so I am ready to help hold it up, should it fall." The elephant laughed cruelly. "Do you really think," he said, "that those tiny feet could help hold up the sky?" The hummingbird kept his feet up in the air, intent on his purpose, as he replied, "Not alone. But each must do what he can. And this is what I can do."

Doing what we can, when we can, gives life meaning and purpose. For many, volunteering for causes and community organizations is one way of “doing what I can do.” Here at Redstone, we are so very grateful for volunteers who help to make our communities special places to call home. We are always looking for others who are willing and able to join us in our mission.

Both Redstone Highlands and our subsidiary Senior Independence of Southwestern Pa. are seeking volunteers to perform various activities on each of our campuses. At Redstone we are seeking volunteers of all ages to perform duties such as, visiting residents, greeting visitors, leading worships, conducting games, driving residents for activities and appointments, leading Bible studies, assisting with special events, and general office help. Chances are that if you have a special talent or interest, we will be able to make use of it!

Senior Independence is looking for volunteers to assist with the new hospice practice. Volunteers can provide a variety of valuable support services to patients and families, including, visiting patients in their own homes or in a facility for conversation, reading, music, respite for family members, bereavement support or general office help.

Whether you have a day a week or an hour a month to give, you can help to “hold up the sky” for our residents at Redstone Highlands by giving of your time in a special way.

Those interested in volunteering at Redstone should contact Brenda Sobota at 724-832-8400 ext. 307. If you are interested in volunteering with the hospice program at Senior Independence contact Kathy Pehanich at 724-864-7388 ext. 488.