The benefits of volunteering go far beyond the personal satisfaction of a job well done. Volunteers are the giving heart of our country, essential to the well-being of communities across our nation. And research now proves that sharing your skills and experience for good cause can improve your overall happiness and mental well-being. According to a recent national survey of 3,351 adults commissioned by UnitedHealth Group, the overwhelming majority of participants reported feeling mentally and physically healthier after a volunteer experience. In fact, 96% reported that volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life.
Residents at Cascade Manor enjoy finding ways to volunteer and use their skills and experience to make a positive impact in the community:
- Our Resident’s Association holds two large sales each year in April and October of donated items. They are fund raisers and all the monies earned go to the Foundation for the Resident’s Assistance Fund. There are lots of treasures and great finds. It’s open to the residents, employees, and the public.
- The monthly Teddy Bear Social operates as a partnership with the Emerald Valley Quilters. They cut and provide cloth teddy bear skins, and our residents stuff and sew them.These teddy bears are presented to children in crisis and who are receiving services from local Ronald Mc Donald houses, Dorenbacher and Emanuel Children’s hospital in Portland and more. Other local recipients are CASA Bags of Love, and Lane County Public Health. We have completed more than 7500 teddy bears.