How Our Volunteers make a Difference
Community Care Durham volunteers have been serving Durham communities for over 25 years. Here are highlights of the accomplishments achieved by our volunteers across Durham Region over the past year:
2,200 volunteers logged in 143,626 hours providing home support, caregiver relief and mental health services to clients across nine service locations throughout Durham Region.
80,632 hot and frozen Meals on Wheels were delivered to homebound elderly and the disabled who may not have been able to provide nutritious meals for themselves.
61,513 volunteer drives were provided to 2,265 clients needing transport to medical appointments and essential shopping engagements.
18,453 hours of individual and group support were provided to clients through COPE Mental Health services.
30,763 hours of relief services were provided to caregivers of the frail elderly and adults with needs related to physical disability or the effects of dementia.
Meet some of Community Care Durham volunteers making a difference in our community.
Transportation Volunteer/Friendly Visitor: Robert Crone
Robert Crone has been an active volunteer with Community Care Durham since 1997. He came to our organization after moving from Toronto to be closer to his daughter. An active volunteer all of his life, Robert liked the fact that he could volunteer in a position where he could help people and share his talents with others in his community.
Robert began by visiting people in need of a friendly visitor in their homes; playing his ukulele, singing, and reading stories. “I enjoy doing things for someone else. My father taught me that caring for others in our community is important. I wake up every day planning to make a difference.”
Robert also helps out as a Transportation Volunteer, driving clients to important medical appointments. He believes it is not just a drive but also a time to connect with people personally, learn about each other and to share experiences
“It’s nice to take stories to people and give them a smile. The good feelings I give them, all come back to me”.
Robert is a perfect example of what Community Care Durham is all about – supporting people and strengthening community. The staff that work with him agree. “Robert has dedicated countless hours to volunteering for CCD - reaching out to others in need throughout the community. As well as going beyond the call of duty, he is caring and empathetic. One who will go out of his way to make a difference in the lives of our clients and other volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer and make a difference, complete our online volunteer form, or contact your local Community Care Durham office.