Cedar Crest MLK Day of Service 2012

"I wanted to thank you all for your part in making this event happen. I feel strongly that our residents benefited greatly from the extra attention and the difference that these volunteers made in their day.

I think that the volunteers came away with a greater knowledge of what we do here and I believe that they enjoyed themselves as well.

They were a lovely group of volunteers and would be welcomed here any time.

Thank you again!"

ĖPam Kleckner, Phoebe Home

"I left the Boys and Girls Club fulfilled in every way!

You know, MLK day is all about what is in your heart. When I stepped out of the building after our shift was complete I was exhausted, but I knew I made an impact on some little girlís life. She would never know me, and I would never know her but those four hours reminded me of who I am and who I aspire to beóthe same concept the Boys and Girls Club teaches their kids. What a great gift this day gave meóa reminder to serve others before self."

-Audra Kahr, Chief Financial Officer, Cedar Crest College

"I also wanted to send along a big thank you! CCC staff and children really brought out some good conversations and made the residents feel special. We appreciate the time that you gave to everyone here. "

- Eileen Mihocko, Phoebe Home

"I canít get our day of caring/service out of my head. I had an exceptional experience at Good Shepherd.

I spent the morning with Bonnie, a resident on the fourth floor. Together with my CCC teammate, Joyce, we organized her bureau drawers, shelving, cleaned the baseboards, looked at the pages of her scrapbooks with her and met her many friends on site. I found some lipstick and pearls in her drawers and with her consent put them on her while Joyce massaged her hands with lotion and cleaned her eye glasses so they were clean and shiny!

Bonnie, born in 1949, is pictured on the Good Shepherd brochure and is the little girl in the beautiful sculpture on the grounds. She was four there and we saw the original photo in her scrapbook. Her story is an amazing one. I canít get her out of my head: it was an honor to be in her company.

MLK had it right, he gave us a gift in his message to serve. What a LEADER!"

-Arlene Peltola, Director, Womenís Leadership Institute, Cedar Crest College

"Getting an opportunity to do valuable service in the community with my teenage daughter and with other members of the Cedar Crest family is something for which I am very grateful. It not only made me feel good to know I was helping others; it has motivated me to look for more regular volunteer opportunities so that I can make a greater difference."

óDavid Jwanier, Media Relations Associate, Cedar Crest College

"I enjoyed taking a break from the usual busy work routine and participating in the Martin Luther King Day of Service. I got to play a game of SORRY with three lovely gentleman, participate in balloon volleyball and help serve and clear lunch for some of the folks at Westminster Adult Day Services. I also had an opportunity to see three women who take their jobs very seriously helping those elderly men and women, but do it with great love. They truly exemplified King's call to do whatever job you have well.

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."

I would love the opportunity to do this again next year."

- Alicia W. Shussett, Nursing Department at Cedar Crest College