Volunteer e-Newsletter

SOME’s Volunteer e-Newsletter August, 2007

In this issue:

1. In Their Own Words
2. Ways You Can Help
3. Volunteer Profile


1. In Their Own Words

Throughout SOME and the Dining Room, we are constantly aware of volunteer efforts and how they benefit the people we serve.  We thought it would be a treat to let you read what our clients think about the work you do and the effect it has on their lives:

“I come here because unlike other places, the volunteers here treat you right, they speak and they look at you in the eyes and sometimes a look and a cup of coffee is all it takes to make you feel whole again,” says Jane, a dining room guest for 8 years.

“This is the only place I know that is open everyday. Rain, sleet, or snow they’re open and there’s always a volunteer here first thing in the morning,” mentions Jack, a dining room guest for 2 years.

“I think the SOME volunteers are wonderful. It takes a lot to clean up after someone.  You have to really care about what you are doing and I think the volunteers at SOME really care,” explains Lisa, a dining room guest for 3 years.

To all of you volunteers; not only is the entire staff at SOME eternally grateful for your service, but the people you serve, the people that benefit from your time, your smile, and your kind words appreciate you as well. Thank you!


2.  Ways You Can Help

Isaiah House, Northwest, DC, SOME’s day mental health program is seeking adult volunteers Mon-Fri (except Wednesdays) to assist with serving breakfast and/or lunch. Two individuals are needed for each meal service and we volunteers should be sensitive to and comfortable with people living with mental illness. Prefer once a week commitment, if possible. Breakfast volunteers: 8:00- 8:45   Lunch volunteers: 11:30 -12:30. Contact: 202-797-8806 ext. 1108 or Isaiah@some.org.
SOME Interfaith Caregivers Program- Volunteers are matched with a homebound senior citizen to provide at least 2 hours of support each month such as friendly home visits, transportation to medical appointments, light meal preparation, minor yard work and simple home repairs. In addition, we need volunteers with their own vehicle to deliver non-perishable food items to homebound seniors in Wards 6, 7 &8. Finally, volunteers are needed to call a senior 1-2 times a week. Contact: Jenna Jones - caregivers@some.org or 202-581-8000 ext.104.

Independence Place, 2800 N St. SE an affordable housing facility for 21 formerly homeless families need volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM-2PM  to assist with Educational Research and Clerical Assistance/support for the SOME Place for Kids after school program. Contact Carolyn Penn: cpenn@some.org or 202-575-2490 ext.105.


3. A Volunteer Profile

Tahlia Armentano is a long-term SOME volunteer who spent the last year volunteering in SOME’s Medical Clinic.  Tony Smith, Dining Room Volunteer Coordinator, had the opportunity to interview Tahlia about her experience at SOME:


Tahlia Armentano assists a patient at SOME's Medical Clinic

What made you decide to volunteer at SOME?
It was the week of volunteering [at SOME] while at St. Rose College.  I was impressed by the organization and the staff was wonderful, so I applied to SOME and was accepted.  I worked full time in the Medical Clinic.

What is your most memorable moment volunteering at SOME?
I was asked to be on of the people to congratulate graduates at the addiction program graduation.  A member from each department involved in the recovery congratulates those who have made it through the program at graduation.  Drug and alcohol addiction runs in my family and it was particularly touching to congratulate individuals who have worked hard to beat their addiction.  I was honored to be a part of their recovery process. 

What did you get the most out of volunteering?
Working with people and getting to know the staff and patients. I didn’t think I could give back that much because I don’t have medical training, but now I am a part of the team. I found out more about myself having moved so far away from what I was used to. I had to learn my way around and find confidence in myself.  I have discovered more about who I am, what I can accomplish and where I want my life to lead.

What would you say to potential volunteers?
Go for it! if it’s really in your heart then it won’t be wrong………I’m not saying that it won’t be hard, but it will be worth every minute. 

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