Epworth Manor honors volunteers

On Saturday, the residents, associates and administrator of Epworth Manor honored the 232 individuals who have given unselfishly of their time to serve as volunteers, and in the past year have provided more than 13,500 hours of service to the residents of Epworth Manor.
The theme of this year’s volunteer appreciation celebration was “Epworth Manor Volunteers Spring Into Harmony.” Entertainment was provided by southern Gospel duo Bill and Judy Jones.
“At Epworth Manor, we recognize the importance of our volunteers and their commitment to bring happiness to our residents. This celebration is just a small expression of our appreciation to the volunteers for the countless hours of service they provide,” said Robin Stern, executive director of Epworth Manor.
“We are thankful that our volunteers provide a variety of services, such as transporting residents to therapy sessions and activity programs and assisting the beautician and barber, as well as assisting residents during meal times,” said Carol Ayers, volunteer coordinator.
Other tasks participated in by Epworth Manor volunteers include working in the greenhouse, mending of resident clothing, conducting Bible study groups, creating floral arrangements and more personal activities such as accompanying residents on shopping trips and outings, or just spending time visiting with them.
“These special people bring love, laughter, reassuring hugs and companionship to our residents,” said Stern. “We are very grateful for the difference they make in the lives of our residents.”
Ayers presented tokens of appreciation to each volunteer at the celebration. Some student volunteers are a part of the Health Tech program, Tyrone Middle School student council and the Honor Society at Tyrone Area High School.
Anyone who is interested in making a difference in the life of someone by serving as a volunteer at Epworth Manor should contact Ayers at 684-0320.
Epworth Manor is a licensed 144-bed comprehensive health care facility, serving seniors since 1920. It was the first Methodist Home for the Aged established in Central Pennsylvania and has been a leader in providing senior care and quality service throughout its more than 80 years.
Epworth Manor is owned by Wesley Affiliated Services, Mechanicsburg, PA. Wesley Affiliated Services is an affiliate of Asbury Services, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation based in Gaithersburg, Md., which provides management support and services for its affiliated organizations that provide housing and health-care services for older adults.