When one of our Respite House caregivers noticed that some of our clients were disengaged with the outings and activities offered at Covey, she wanted to find a way to encourage them to interact as well as provide them with opportunities to use our unique skills and talents.
With the blessing of her supervisor, she contacted other non-profit organizations and made the necessary arrangements for Covey Volunteering to become a reality.
One of the greatest benefits of Covey Volunteering is seeing how our participants open up and build relationships, self-esteem, and confidence. It allows the community to see beyond the disabilities of our participants and instead, experience the talents we have to offer.
ENCOURAGED TO MAKE CONNECTIONS
Through volunteering opportunities, Covey clients are encouraged to socialize and connect with other people. Covey clients from the Eastman Street Adult Respite House volunteer twice per month at the Park View Health Center. There, we decorate Christmas cookies, walk with residents, help plant flowers in the “neighborhoods,” help transport residents to bingo and other activities, and more. One of our Covey clients and a Park View resident share a love of trains and planes, and watch videos together. Some have even found renewed connections after moving away.
Our mission, “Empower people with disabilities and their families to engage with the community”, is so evident in this volunteering program. Our participants are not bystanders—they are contributors! You will always hear that volunteers feel they gain as much as they give—this is true of our clients as well.
HIDDEN TREASURES AND HIDDEN TALENTS
Every Monday, Covey Volunteer participants drive to their local St. Vincent de Paul and help tidy up. We pull empty hangers from the racks for reuse, straighten shoes and pillows, sort CDs, and other duties to keep the place clean and pleasant for thrift shoppers. Among all the hidden treasure, we’ve discovered some of our hidden talents, too! We’re extremely impressed with how effectively our clients are able to complete these tasks independently and they demonstrate pride in what they do. Our clients are proactive, too! One of our volunteer participants, who is very quiet, caught on to these duties so quickly that once he finishes straightening his own section, he jumps right into the next one!
Every Wednesday, Covey Volunteers visit NEW PAWSibilities, a shelter helping animals in Northeast Wisconsin. There, we play with the dogs and keep them company while they’re waiting to be adopted. Even clients who were hesitant at first love to play with the pups!
INSPIRED TO DO GOOD
Our Life Enrichment participants volunteer as well. We gather at Aurora Medical Center once a month to brighten patients’ days by making cards. We will also be adding NEW PAWSibilities to our volunteering schedule starting this month.
Through volunteering, Covey clients build self-esteem and confidence to become engaged, active, and contributing members of the community. Reach out to Covey and learn how we can help brighten the world together!