The Veteran’s United choir

Volunteer options were numerous (almost unlimited) for people receiving services in ACT’s Community Integration (CI) program this holiday season.

A caroling group from CI delighted listeners at Columbia Healthcare Center, Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, and Lenoir Woods. Caroling was a big hit for both the CI volunteers and the residents of these facilities.

“At the hospital, people started to dance they were having so much fun. Everyone loved it!” CI Activities Coordinator Kristin Cummins said.

ACT volunteers were not the only ones out caroling. The Veteran’s United choir stopped by ACT to serenade the CI program in early December. The choir, fully equipped with musical instruments, had everyone singing along to Christmas classics.

The Salvation Army also benefitted from CI’s enthusiastic volunteers. CI participants rang those well-known bells every Monday and Friday in December.

There was even a volunteer option for the artists of CI. They created homemade holiday cards for patients at the Veterans’ Hospital.

CI volunteers are no strangers to the Veteran’s Hospital. Volunteers are regularly scheduled throughout the year for administrative work (once each week) and recreational therapy (twice each month).

“It is a wonderful experience for the people in CI. We are grateful to the Veteran’s Hospital for the opportunity,” Cummins said.

Volunteering connects people with their community and gives them fulfillment. That is certainly true for individuals in the CI program. The volunteer opportunities offered are a favorite!