St. Jeanne Jugan counted on benefactors and volunteers to assist her in caring for the elderly. Since our beginnings, we have also depended on volunteers who worked with us side by side to help make our Home a place of hope, where all are treated with dignity and respect. However, the pandemic has limited many things in the life of our Home including our ability to welcome volunteers. Last year we were able to welcome back a small limited group of volunteers who agreed to return under strict requirements.
While we try to express our appreciation to our volunteers every day, National Volunteer Appreciation Week is an opportunity for us to formally recognize of the hard work, dedication, and commitment of our volunteers. On Wednesday, April 20, a special Mass was celebrated in honor of our volunteers. After Mass a luncheon was held in our auditorium where gifts of appreciation were presented to each volunteer.
Happily, as infection rates decrease, we will soon be able to invite more of our volunteers back into our Home. We are very excited to have them return, and so are the Residents!
Not surprisingly, there are several changes that we have to accept in order to welcome volunteers. According to the State of Illinois, volunteers are considered staff. That means, whatever requirements that are needed for the staff, also apply to volunteers.
Our Volunteer Coordinator, Cindy DeLuca is hosting a meeting with those volunteers who are interested in returning to go over all the requirements, with an opportunity to ask questions. The Information Meeting will be held on TUESDAY, APRIL 26 at 9:30 AM OR WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 at 9:30 AM.
Please contact Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-358-5700 if you would like to attend the meeting.