Volunteer Appreciation Month

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”- Helen Keller


Our programs at Sound Generations and our Community Partner Sites across King County would not be made possible without the compassion, dedication and countless hours that our volunteers put in. Please sign up today and make a difference within your community. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!

Norah Erwin-Stewart, Information & Advocacy Director:
“Volunteers enable us to stretch our program’s reach further, and inspire us to work better; our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do!”

Volunteer Transportation:
“I have laughed with some of them, learned from some of them, and for others have simply lent a sympathetic ear…I started out wanting to be of service to my community. It turns out that volunteering with Sound Generations has been beneficial to me also. Making new friends, learning from them, and providing a much needed service, how can you beat that!” – Jean Fielder, Volunteer Transportation driver

“It’s a pleasure working with so many committed and dedicated volunteers who genuinely care about the lives of seniors in their communities.” – Volunteer Transportation Team       

Meals on Wheels:
“We are grateful to our 300+ Meals on Wheels volunteers that not only help provide nutritious meals but offer our participants a connection to the community. We’ve had many participants tell us how much they look forward to seeing and speaking with the volunteers each week, some have even shared it’s their reason for getting dressed that day.” 

“I would like to thank the (volunteer) delivery drivers – they are very friendly, taking time to chat with me, checking to see how I am doing, they brighten my day.” – Meals on Wheels client

Health & Wellness:
Our volunteers enable us to provide workshops and classes all over King County that help support older adults and those with chronic health conditions remain independent and live healthy lives.”

Community Dining:
“Our program would not be possible without the dedicated and hardworking volunteers who are the essential part of the program. Our volunteers make a difference!”

Hyde Shuttle:
“We appreciate our Hyde Shuttle volunteer drivers who donate their time and care to our Shoreline and Sno-Valley communities.”

“You only need a heart full of grace.
A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

BECOME A VOLUNTEEER! SIGN UP TODAY!

Jean Fielder, Volunteer Transportation Driver

 

Discover why RIDES CHANGE LIVES!

Contact us today if you have the “drive” to help others! 206.748.7588 or email dianas@soundgenerations.org

Take your kindness and compassion to the road! Volunteer drivers are NEEDED for Sound Generations’ Volunteer Transportation Program.

Using their own vehicles, volunteer drivers help older adults maintain their independence by taking them to necessary medical appointments. Clients appreciate their improved access to medical care, meaningful interactions with caring volunteers, and increased peace of mind.

Unfortunately, the program does not have enough drivers to meet the demand for transportation from vulnerable seniors.

Please contact us today if you have the “drive” to help others, a clean driving record, and some daytime availability:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We THANK YOU for your support and love of older adults.

Because of your investments, older adults are supported and included in a caring community of connections and accessible services. 

P.S. – Check out sweet #handmade cards crafted for our Meals On Wheels participants. What a way to make our clients feel special today! Thanks to the volunteers & UW Alpha Gamma Delta.

Meals on Wheels Battles Snow and Ice

Due to the inclement weather, Sound Generations was unable to deliver most of our services on Monday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

However, during these times we have clients that rely on our services.  King 5 produced a story on The Effects of Adverse Weather Conditions on SeniorsWatch the coverage on one of our volunteers and our Meals on Wheels Program. 

King 5 Video published Feb. 5, 2019: https://www.king5.com/mobile/video/news/local/meals-on-wheels-battles-snow-and-ice/281-90cdf9e0-2917-4ade-9425-acce91481ef3

Thank You!

As we embark on a New Year, we would like to take a moment to thank you for helping us ring in 2019 knowing we can continue providing food security, transportation, health and wellness, and assistance services to over 64,000 seniors who count on us each year to be supported on their aging journey! Thanks to the generosity of all our holiday giving partners, corporate and foundation supporters, donors, and volunteers, we raised over $210,000 in donations and gifts!

We are eternally grateful for your partnership, your loyalty, and the many reasons you have given us to be excited for what is to come. We are committed to continue finding new ways to help you make a difference in the organizations and communities you serve. Thank you for your support on this journey.

Special thanks to:

 

Two New Workshops: Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class Leader Workshops

Sound Generations is proud to announce that it will be hosting two Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class Leader trainings in 2019! The Powerful Tools for Caregivers program provides caregivers with tools and strategies to better handle the unique challenges that they face. As a Class Leader, you will be a part of a national program and have the ability to offer and lead the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program in your own community. Please feel free to share with your networks.

Here are the training details:

WHEN: February 4-5, 2019 and March 4-5, 2019 (please specify your preference in your response)
WHERE: Sound Generations – 2208 2nd Avenue, Seattle, 98121
WHO: Professionals or volunteers from healthcare, social services, community based organizations, etc. Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes must be conducted by 2 leaders – please ensure that you have a partner before applying.
COST: $100 (includes certification, workbook, and DVDs) – to be invoiced prior to training

REGISTER: Please complete the Class Leader Application and send to: camilleg@soundgenerations.org. Once we receive your completed Class Leader Application, additional details and materials for the training will be sent to you via email. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up soon! 

If you would like more information on the program, please see the description or go to powerfultoolsforcaregivers.org.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact camilleg@soundgenerations.org.

Celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Month this April!

“Being a [Volunteer] Driver has great flexibility and
the only commitments are from your heart!” – Betty Morrison

The work we do at Sound Generations and our Community Partner Sites would not be possible without the passion, commitment and generosity of the 2,294 individuals who dedicated over 174,955 hours in 2017!  From coordinating meal delivery, greeting guests at fundraising events, or providing activity support at a local Senior Center, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who help us achieve our mission to connect older adults and adults with disabilities in King County with vital services to help them thrive.

One such extraordinary volunteer, Elizabeth Morrison, has been with Sound Generations for nearly 21 years!  A volunteer driver who transport seniors to and from their medical and other essential appointments, Betty, as she likes to be called, is vivacious, humorous and full of energy, yet she deflects any mention of praise and emphatically insists,

“It’s a win-win. They truly enrich my life and provide hints on how to age in a positive way!” She adds, while leaning forward with a smile and a slight whisper, “Seniors think I do it for them. Ha! I do it for me!”

She recounts many memorable experiences and some heartbreaking ones too during her two decades here. That hasn’t stopped Betty from volunteering an astonishing 1000+ rides with Sound Generations and recruiting others. For all those who may rule out volunteering due to their busy lives, Betty counters that she started in 1997 while working as a Northshore School District bus driver and raising three young children. She stresses that there are no barriers to being a volunteer and her position as a Volunteer Driver “has great flexibility and the only commitment is from your heart!”

Besides transporting seniors for us each week, Betty also commits her time to the American Cancer Society. Her clients have changed over the years, and so too has her involvement with our organization. She’s attending fundraising luncheons, dinners, and on top of everything else, donates regularly to Sound Generations!

We are beyond blessed to have such an outstanding volunteer. This April, National Volunteer Appreciation Month, is for all the Betty Morrisons and countless amazing volunteers who fulfill positions at the downtown offices, throughout King County, and our Community Partner Sites in Shoreline, Ballard, Lake City, Central Area, West Seattle and Sno-Valley. THANK YOU!!!

Become a volunteer! There are many fulfilling and rewarding positions at
Sound Generations and our Community Partner Sites: http://bit.ly/SGvolunteer.