Volunteer Opportunities Available On The Hub | Chroniclers
As our community faced the challenges of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, The Hub on Smith’s Home Delivery Volunteers rose to the challenge by showing up seven days a week throughout the year to deliver meals. hot and delicious to anyone who needed it.
Today more than ever, these meals have become more than just a meal. Our volunteers were a friendly face in a time of isolation, the comfort of knowing someone was there to check in, and a symbol of community and unity.
My name is Jamie Brester and I am thrilled to be the new Volunteer and Community Education Coordinator at The Hub on Smith. I am thrilled to be a part of this community and to be a place where we can provide “more than a meal”. My role as a Volunteer Coordinator is to recruit volunteers and place them in their niche, creating a wonderful experience for the volunteer, the organization and ultimately the Patrons of The Hub.
Currently, The Hub on Smith has approximately 350 volunteers. The age of our volunteers varies from 13 to 98 years old. We simply could not function without the dedication of these men and women. We are so lucky to have them as an integral part of our team. Each volunteer has a different story or reason for volunteering their time and luckily at The Hub the volunteer opportunities are endless.
Volunteering is not one size fits all. Many people know the volunteers who deliver meals, work at Urban Thrift (whether in the store or warehouse), provide administrative support, and help with the fundraising project. The Hub also has friendly visitors who meet and check out people in the community who are going through brain changes. We have volunteers who help people with small home repairs and maintenance of their property. These volunteers help older people stay in their homes longer, which improves their quality of life.
Many of the courses, presentations and activities offered by The Hub are led by volunteers. These activities are a vital part of The Hub community and bring people together. Many studies have shown that older people who participate in activities lead healthier and happier lives. We even have volunteers who bring new ideas and activities to The Hub.
Thanks to the efforts of some local volunteers, The Hub was able to plant a community garden. This program is now in its second year and offers many opportunities for volunteers, staff and clients to enjoy gardening again.
Another more recent volunteer opportunity has been The Hub’s Tech Connect program. This program provides devices like iPads to seniors and teaches them how to use apps like Facebook and Zoom to connect with family and friends.
At the Hub, we hear so many heartwarming stories from our volunteers. The benefits they derive from the donation of their time and talents are well worth it. Many volunteers are retired and enjoy being able to stay active and give back to the community. We are currently looking for new volunteers for our growing organization.
As a volunteer, you choose your schedule. You can work one hour a week or 40 hours. It’s up to you to decide. All we need from you is a smile and a commitment. If you are interested in volunteering, either as an individual or as a business, please call 307-675-4961 or email [email protected]
Jamie Brester is the Volunteer and Education Coordinator at The Hub on Smith.