Each year LeadingAge Oregon (the statewide association of not-for-profit and other mission-directed organizations dedicated to advancing quality aging) sponsors the Volunteer of the Year award…allowing member facilities to select a resident who has contributed in a significant way to that facility or campus’s mission and quality of life. We are proud to announce that Rose Schnitzer Manor resident, Annette Gerard is being recognized as Cedar Sinai Park’s Volunteer of the Year for 2014.
Annette moved to RSM in March of 2010 and immediately began volunteering without delay. Greeting residents in the hallways with a smile and friendly hello, Annette can be seen involved in many different ways of giving back to the Cedar Sinai community and the Portland community at large.
She is instrumental in coordinating Purls of Wisdom, a group of RSM knitters who have created over 1300 items including hats, booties, scarves, and afghans which have been donated to JFCS, Raphael House for Battered Women, St. Vincent Neonatal Unit for premature babies, White Bird Clinic for the Homeless, Breast Friends, and several other local organizations. On a weekday, you can catch Annette in the Stop ‘N Shop greeting customers, arranging displays, makes and donates beads to be sold, and encouraging purchases to those shopping. As a Resident Ambassador, Annette greets new residents, tours potential residents and families, and tries to make moving into a new home as comfortable and welcoming as possible. For the past two years, Annette has chaired the nominating committee as part of the RSM Resident Council.Annette was involved with Seder Plate making, Shaloch Manos gift bag assembly, and is always ready to grab a few friends to help assemble a mass mailing being sent out by various departments. Besides singing in the choir each week, she is also busy tending the greenhouse and its tender seedlings and coordinates the yearly plant sale open to staff and residents.
Congratulations to Annette for her years in volunteering on campus and her devotion to the community she lives in and to her peers. She is our volunteer of the year … all year long and beyond!
The participants in Cedar Sinai Park’s residents are getting in to Spring.
No need to go outdoors on a rainy spring day in Oregon. Adult Day Services recently made their own flower arrangements with a little guidance from registered horticultural therapist Genevieve.
“We started our hour studying local blooming plants for seasonal orientation,” said Genevieve.
Residents passed around tulips, hosta, viburnum and dogwood and talked about their characteristics. This garden session focused mainly on tulips and their history, discussing the “tulip mania period” in Holland and other interesting facts about the tulip.
Participants each got to build their our own individual tulip arrangements. They chose which stem and flower color they wanted to use in their arrangement and placed their choices in a vase with water. The participants were proud of their choices and admired their finished arrangement.
A lovely way to spend an hour in Spring at Adult Day Services.
Good Deeds Day is an annual celebration of good deeds. In May 2007 Ruach Tova (Israeli NGO) launched the Good Deeds Day project. On March 9, 2014, Greater Portland will join hundreds of thousands all over the world (50+ countries!) choosing to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world.
Portland is excited to be participating in the event for our second time this year. Last year 550 people volunteered at 16 different sites in the greater Portland region. Project descriptions and registration available at www.jewisportland.org/gooddeedsday.
It’s a great day to volunteer with your family or friends and to meet others in the Jewish community who are interested in volunteering just like you. We hope you will consider signing up for Good Deeds Day and joining our residents at Robison Jewish Health Center (RJHC) to share your talents! Be sure to sign up to bring your voice, dancing, or other talent to our No Talent/Talent Show!
No Talent/Talent Show!
Robison Jewish Health Center
Sunday, March 9th at 1:30 pm in the Robison Living Room
The Portland Mitzvah Network, is a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. The Network was created to support individuals, groups and organizations around hands-on volunteerism. As a community we can volunteer, connect and make a difference in our own and other’s lives by coming together for events like Good Deeds Day and more ongoing volunteer opportunities.
Log onto www.jewishportland.org/gooddeedsday to explore project options and to register. PRE-
Bingo can be traced back to a game called Lotto, played in Italy in 1530, and reinvented into its modern form in the United States in 1929. Still played today, it is certainly popular at Cedar Sinai Park.
Residents at both our Rose Schnitzer Manor and Robison Jewish Health Center enjoy weekly games and some get quite competitive!
Not only do residents get to spend some fun and competitive time together but they get personal attention from volunteers who come in just for the games.
You can join in the fun by joining the ranks of our long-term “professional” volunteer Bingo callers such as Bob Ginsberg and Charles Jagger.
Being a Bingo caller takes talent — if you have a strong voice and ability to repeat letters and numbers in the same manner and review the winning numbers as the person calls them out…this volunteer position might just be right for you!
If you are interested in volunteering as a Bingo caller at Cedar Sinai Park, please contact Kathy Tipsord, Community Life Director.
Bingo games are Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday evenings at Robison and Sunday afternoon, Monday evenings, and Tuesday evenings at Rose Schnitzer Manor.
If you or your group would like to volunteer on a regular basis to call Bingo and assist residents with locating numbers, we would love to hear from you.