“For our own success to be real, it must contribute to the success of others.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
It’s day four of National Volunteer Week. So far we’ve heard from smart people with a lot of lived experience and good words about volunteering summed up into bite-sized inspirations.
And the above quote from Eleanor Roosevelt is no different. It can easily be applied to The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond (TSCOR). Because without our volunteers, The Shepherd’s Center would NOT be successful and we would NOT be contributing to the success of others. It’s that simple – and that real.
“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Not every volunteer of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond (TSCOR) holds an advanced degree, though some definitely know how to make the subject and verb agree (you know who you are!). And we wouldn’t be at all surprised if more than a few actually know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics. But we do know for certain that ALL of our volunteers are great because they serve. ALL of our volunteers have a heart full of grace. And they are ALL souls generated by love.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
Today is day two of National Volunteer Week and our quote comes from one of Richmond’s very own – Arthur Ashe. And while we can’t claim the honor of having had Mr. Ashe as a volunteer for The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond (TSCOR), we can use his example of service in the name of causes you believe in as the yard stick to which we measure our volunteers by.
TSCOR’s business model is unique from other nonprofits. We are made by, for and about older adults. If there is a service we want to provide, we start it. If there is a program we want to offer, we create and have it. Our volunteers really DO what they can. And they do it well. Thank you, Shepherd’s Center volunteers! Thank you so much. You really do measure up.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss
Today, Monday, April 17, marks the start of National Volunteer Week. Which means if you volunteer for The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond (TSCOR), you’re about to get a whole week of appreciation!
What would TSCOR be without its volunteers? Imagine no Open University or Lunch & Life programs (thank you volunteer teachers, lunch speakers, front desk and hospitality attendees, tech aides, Zoom TA’s, and members of the education committee). Know that every single client we serve would have difficulty finding rides to their doctor’s appointments or getting groceries (thank you volunteer drivers and members of the client services committee). There would be no men’s groups or women’s groups gathering for support and networking; no travelers traveling, no friendly callers calling, no handypersons fixing. No speakers bureau, no public relations, no diversity and inclusion; no development or investment or finance committees. No Board of Directors, too? No, none of them either. So what would TSCOR be without its volunteers? A whole lot of nothing – a nonprofit to fear.
But thanks to our volunteers – people who care a whole awful lot – we are something, we’re TSCOR! We’re getting better! We’re not going to stop!
“Joy is a choice.” That’s a surprising idea. If we make the food, buy the gifts and deck the halls, joy just shows up, doesn’t it? That may be true for some, but not for everyone.
People find joy in different ways. Something that makes The Shepherd Center of Richmond so unique is that we make joy a year-round choice. TSCOR volunteers already know the benefit of this and they put it into action. Drivers, teachers, speakers, committee members, board members – they’re all working together to bring joy to the community.
As Thanksgiving marks the unofficial start of a holiday season “filled with joy” (there’s that word again), and Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday follow on its heels, here are two fool-proof options to help you feel joyful:
Shopping? If it feels like a chore, add a little joy! Shop AmazonSmile and select The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond as your charity of choice. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to TSCOR at no cost to you.
Another joy-bringing option?Become a volunteer. Because knowing how to choose joy year-round is really something to be thankful for.
Here’s wishing you a joy-filled Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season.
Do you like to travel far and wide (and locally!) to see new things and learn about this big, big world of ours? Then you’re in luck because TSCOR has volunteer opportunities available with our Travel committee. We are in search of a committee chair and additional committee members to create and plan trips. We’ve traveled out of state, in state, and around RVA; museums, restaurants, theaters, parks – we love them all. Come on board and put TSCOR on the map. For more info, call Julie Adams-Buchanan: 804-355-7282, or email email@example.com. Not a big traveler yourself but know someone who is? Spread the word!
On Thursday, October 6, 2022, Senior Connections concluded their annual Empty Plate Campaign and held the accompanying luncheon, where The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond was given the Eva Teig Hardy Award for Business Service. This award recognizes the impact of an individual, business, or organization in providing services that help improve the wellbeing of older adults. The nomination for this award was made by Ms. Dorothy Manuel; she has been a beloved transportation client of TSCOR’s since 2009.
Following remarks made by Stephanie Churchill, TSCOR board president, Bernie Henderson, TSCOR past-president, presented the award to Julie Adams-Buchanan, TSCOR executive director. Also in attendance were several TSCOR board and committee members, family members of Ms. Adams-Buchanan, and Ms. Manuel – who was thoroughly delighted to have made this happen!
Many thanks to Senior Connections for this wonderful luncheon and award. TSCOR is honored to be recognized by the community as we uphold our mission to keep older adults active, independent and engaged.
Older Adults. Active, Independent and Engaged. TSCOR.