This is the week to recognize all our dedicated volunteers

To the editor:

National Volunteer Week, April 21 to 27, presents an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things through service. With a theme of “Celebrate Service,” this special week honors those who dedicate themselves to taking action and bettering their communities.

As coordinator of the Dubois County AngelWorx program, I have the privilege of working with some of these individuals and seeing firsthand what a difference they can make in the lives of others. AngelWorx is sponsored by Vincennes University’s Generations program and is designed to promote “ageless communities” where members, young and old, learn to protect and care for one another. The program allows volunteers of all ages and lifestyles the chance to give back to the community.

Volunteer “angels” cultivate personal, one-on-one contact with isolated, homebound older adults or individuals with disabilities called VIPs (very important pals). Volunteer angels are asked to contact their VIPs at least twice a month either by phone or letter. Random acts of kindness are also encouraged when possible. Just a simple phone call can make a world of difference in the life of a homebound individual.

I appreciate the wonderful AngelWorx volunteers and others in our community who volunteer their services, there are angels everywhere. Their selfless efforts are helping us replace disconnection with understanding and compassion.

If you know of someone who would benefit from socialization or if you would like to volunteer as an angel, call Generations at 800-742-9002.

—Dodie Uhl

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