Samuel Field Y volunteer Evan Fischer was recently recognized at the annual UJA Federation of New York Volunteer Recognition ceremony, which honors the wonderful work of volunteers in dozens of New York City communities.
An outstanding and dedicated volunteer, Evan is most deserving of this honor. Evan has been a wonderful asset to our Respite Program. Without hesitation, he readily assists in all areas of the program, enthusiastically agreeing to do anything requested of him.
And Evan truly does a bit of everything!
He accompanies clients who have difficulty ambulating, assists in dismissal, helps to prepare and serve snack and lunch, offers friendly assistance during program activities, supervises clients who wander (which believe it or not, happens!), cleans up from program activities, and has even been seen washing the walls! Evan also takes part in some of our more fun activities, as he calls bingo, challenges our clients with word and trivia games, and often leads an exercise routine with the group.
Whenever the program is short staffed, he always volunteers to fill in. Evan's work flexibility has been very valuable to our staff and to our program needs.
Evan has a very sweet way with our clients and treats all of our seniors in a friendly, warm and caring manner. He takes the time to acknowledge all of our participants, engaging them in conversation and offering positive reinforcement. His one on one involvement with our lower functioning population is incredible. He is patient, kind and attentive, and genuinely strives to make all of our participants feel good about themselves.
Without a doubt, Evan is one of the most dedicated volunteers that we have ever had in the Respite Program. His recognition by UJA Federation of NY is well deserved. We are very lucky to have him, and are so proud of him!
Here is UJA's official write-up of the ceremony, which also discusses the increase in boomer volunteers.
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