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Director's Message

Volunteering April 2010

Director's Message: April 2010

PSRC will be hosting our volunteer events in late April and early May. At this time of year the staff reflects on the tremendous gift that our volunteers give to PSRC, and we are filled with gratitude. Last year, we had 359 volunteers who gave an estimated 9300 hours to PSRC, valued at$215,924! That is more than half of our annual budget!
PSRC feels strongly that volunteering is a key component of healthy aging. Volunteers have a sense of purpose, they are physically, mentally and socially active—all the factors that research studies find significant. This Spring we are hosting programs to encourage volunteering, including how to use volunteering to boost your resume and using Volunteer Connect to find the right position for you.
Let us introduce you to some of these wonderful people. Maybe they will inspire you to join them! We can find a role for you. Please understand that for every story here, there are dozens of unsung heroes just like them in our community. We appreciate all of you!
Gerri comes by the day before “folding day” at Spruce Circle, when we prepare Mature Princeton for mailing. She takes home a pile to get a head start, helps take the materials over to Spruce Circle and welcomes and guides new volunteers who join the experienced crew of Lydia, Emma and others who have been helping for more than a decade.

Celia started the “Let’s Talk in English” group 6 years ago as part of her social work internship. She and the group are still going strong. Sue Tillett and Ruth Randall have been leading Let’s Talk in English Too for nearly 5 years. They helped one participant prepare for his citizenship exam.

Rice has been encouraging people to find their hidden voice through writing poetry for several years. 

Judy started helping people write their memoirs about two years ago. That group--currently filled--has shared tears, laughter, photos, and memorabilia as well as their stories.

When Lenore retired and moved to this area to be near family, she wasn’t sure how she’d stay busy and meet new people. She tells us that GrandPals has been a gift in her life. She loves her weekly time with the children and they love her.

Bonnie has helped the Knit Wits group contribute to a variety of noble causes from lap blankets for returning injured military veterans to sweaters for orphans.

Betty Ann, Paula and Janice are Home Friend volunteers for the PSRC/Princeton Public Library Books on Wheels Collaboration.  They deliver books and good company to several seniors in the Princeton area.

Helen and Marilyn have been writing press releases to let people know about our special programs.

Sharon, our development director, has a veritable army of volunteers too numerous to list who are planning the events, collecting silent auction items, preparing baskets and tracking orders.

We would really be in trouble without Bruce’s weekly visits to fix our computer problems. He stays on the look-out for newer equipment that can replace our aging hardware. Barbara has created a database to help with Crosstown administration, and another for Brunch at Home, as well as teaching some of the computer classes.

Evergreen Forum is entirely taught by volunteers, and everyone on the steering committee is a volunteer.

Peggy is a Home Friend who makes regular calls and cheerful visits to a home-based senior. She shops and labels the groceries so this visually impaired person can do her own cooking.

Tripta, Susan, Barbara, Shirley, Honey, Jan, Ahuva, Laraine, Hillary, and Frederica are some of the cheerful voices and faces who answer the phones, greet visitors, make coffee and do thousands of other office tasks.

Thanks to board members who govern, give lectures, help with events, and lead outreach and fundraising.

Again these are just a few examples of the hundreds of wonderful people who make PSRC the caring and lively community that it is. Thank you all for that you do.
Susan W. Hoskins, LCSW


Previous Messages

October 2017: HomeFriends Celebrates 30 Years!

September 2017: Annual Report

July/August 2017: Preferred Caregivers: Daughters

June 2017: Cues & Clues

May 2017: Recharging

April 2017: GrandPals Celebrate 20 Years!

March 2017: Multi-generational Households

February 2017: No One Ages Well Alone

January 2017: Help at Home

December 2016: Gratitude

November 2016: Family Caregiving

October 2016: Annual Report

September 2016: Corporate Healthcare

July/ August 2016: Strategic Planning

June 2016: Is Your Home Age- Friendly?

May 2016 Part 2 : We Need Your Help

May 2016 Part 1: Going Solo

April 2016: Volunteering

March 2016: Partners In Caring

February 2016: PSRC's Strategic Plan

January 2016: Hope

December 2015: Gratitude

November 2015: Helicopter Children

October 2015: Is Princeton An Age Friendly Community?

September 2015: Annual Report

July & August 2015: Family and Community

June 2015: A Gift that Keeps Giving

May 2015: Is 60 the New 40

April 2015: Spring

March 2015: On Being Mortal

February 2015: Mentoring

January 2015: Winter Blues

December 2014 - Leaving A Legacy

October 2014 An Age Friendly Future

September 2014 Annual Report

July - August 2014

June 2014 - Romance After 50

May 2014 - Your Virtual Estate

April 2014 - Memory and Forgetting

March 2014 - Aging in Community

Observational Stay

February 2014 - Family Caregiving

January 2014: Attitudes about Aging

December 2013 - Giving

November 2013 - Healthcare Marketplace

October 2013 - Annual Report 2013

September 2013 - Total Brain Health® Fair

July - August 2013 My cat, My Father and Me

June 2013 - Age Friendly Communities

May 2013 - Navigating a Changing HealthCare Landscape

April 2013 - Becoming Visible

March 2013 - Navigating Life’s Transitions

February 2013 - Partners in Caring Princeton

January 2013 - Men as Caregivers

December 2012 - The Safety Net

November 2012 - Going Solo

October 2012 - Documenting Your History

September 2012 - A Journey of Transformation

July - August 2012 - Gratitude & Moving

June 2012 - Diversity

May 2012- Aging in America


March 2012 - Patient-centered Care

February 2012 - Can you Spare an Hour?

January 2012 - Challenges & Opportunities

December - Are you Prepared for Emergencies?

November - We need YOU!

October - Chocolate for Memory

September- Looking Back and Looking Forward

July - August 2011; Ageism

June 2011 - Accessibility

May 2011 - Paper retention

Knit Wits, April 2011

Lessons and Legacies, March 2011

Independent Living February 2011

Home Safety January 2011

Witness to my Life December 2010

Elections, benefits and open enrollment November 2010

Retire in 3D!

Strategic Planning September 2010

Am I Old? July 2010

Memory Clutter June 2010

Aging In America May 2010

Volunteering April 2010

Spirituality March 2010

Estate Planning February 2010

Encore Careers January 2010

Hiring Home Care December 2009

Annual Giving by Sharon Naeole November 2009

Flu Pandemic 2009 October 2009

Healthy Memory, Healthy Mind September 2009

A Personal Perspective on Caregiving July/August 2009


Wei Ji: Crisis, Danger and Opportunity April 2009

Write your own obituary March 2009

Hobbies February 2009

Hope and Vision in Challenging Times
January 2009

Medicare Changes 2008: Take A Look! December 2008

Scams, Frauds and Rip-offs November 2008

Engaged Retirement: Beyond Financial Planning October 2008

September 2008 Caregiver Dilemmas

Finding Rhythm and Purpose July/August 2008

Spring Cleaning II June 2008

V + OA = ER (Volunteering + Older Americans=Engaged Retirement)May 2008

Spring Cleaning April 2008

Have You Had the Talk Yet? March 2008

Get Moving with FitRhythms™! February 2008

My Condolences January 2008

Advocacy December 2007

What Are Social Services? November 2007

Sensitive Topics October 2007

Plan for the Future September 2007

The Up-side of Aging Summer 2007

Volunteering June 2007

Strategic Plan May 2007

National Conference on Aging: Let's ReThink Aging April 2007

Brain Health March 2007

Resiliency February 2007

Transportation January 2007

Season of Giving December 2006

Medicare Part D November 2006

April Hill McElroy October 2006

Civic Engagement September 2006

Change June 2006

White House Conference on Aging May 2006

Hearing Loss April 2006

GrandPals March 2006

Lets Talk February 2006

Eldertopia January 2006

Hoarding December 2005

Annual Report: November 2005

Are You Prepared? October 2005

Planning Ahead October 2005

Watch Your Language September 2005

Medicare Part D Summer 2005

Sue Tillett June 2005

The End of the Journey May 2005

Clutter March 2005

New Dietary Guidelines February 2005

Transitions January 2005

Funding December 2004

Caregiving November 2004

Civic Engagement with GrandPals October 2004

A New Look September 2004

Safe Driving Summer 2004

Food Safety June 2004

Communication June 2004

The Challenge of Giving Care May 2004

Seniors On The Move April 2004

Depression March 2004

McGreevey February 2004

Medications January 2004

Random Acts of Kindness December 2003

Civic Engagement November 2003

Reverse Mortgages Oct 2003

Emergency Preparedness, Jan 2003

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