National Volunteer Week and
Military Caregiver Month
Submitted by the Family Council at Belvoir Woods
National Volunteer Week in April is a “Points of Light” Foundation program, and was established in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush. It has grown exponentially each year and embodies the powerful and positive energy that volunteers generate on a daily basis. The “Points of Lights” Foundation estimates the value of over 30 million volunteer hours, involving 250,000-plus service projects, to be $635 million! This year’s theme is: “Service Unites”.
Many thanks to Ron Garrison, The Fairfax Resident Council’s Volunteer Representative, for updating the current number of residents (more than 150) who are involved with volunteer service (many in multiple activities) in 20 volunteer programs. Resident volunteers lead by example, by enriching the quality of life for their fellow residents. For example, Ron continues to share his photography talents with photos from around The Fairfax campus, which are displayed in HCC, Community Center Dining Room and The Camm Lounge. We appreciate that Ron has contributed photos to his fellow residents.
Volunteers encourage the people they support and motivate others to serve as well. Since 2010, the Family Council has recognized and honored The Fairfax/Belvoir Woods Health Care Center (BWHCC) with individual thank you notes to resident and family volunteers. These ordinary people accomplish extraordinary things through their creatively kind actions. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact to Activities to complete an application and explore various opportunities.
May is also Military Caregivers month. The sacrifices and service of these “hidden heroes” (spouses, families and others) provide emotional and physical support to our American heroes. The Family Council is proud to be part of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s (EDF’s) “Caregiver Community Program”, which helps raise awareness about the role of military and veteran caregivers. We are working to have the Army Foundation (ARRF-P) recognized as a “Hidden Heroes” partner for their care giving contributions.