Celebrating Our Volunteers – Article from Patty

April is National Volunteer Month! It was designated as such in 1991 by President George H. W. Bush, the same year “1000 Points of Light” celebrated the work of volunteers everywhere. Each year VISTE aspires to show our appreciation to the volunteers who support our mission – to enable elderly persons to live independently and safely in their own homes.

We did not want another year to go by without being able to get together in person, so the decision was made to hold the event outdoors, for the safety of everyone. Invitations were sent, and 160 volunteers attended with two seating options. It was a picturesque day under the shade of a large tent on the front lawn of First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland, where we gathered to celebrate our dedicated, selfless volunteers who serve in so many capacities!


We recognized our office volunteers, warehouse volunteers, hot meal drivers, servers, and runners; our grocery delivery and pick-up volunteers; and the grocery sorters and packers, along with so many others. We also honored our volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Board members. All of these volunteers are the essence of who VISTE is, and through their work prove to our seniors that they matter and have value. Many thanks to every volunteer no matter how often you served – it all works together for the greater good!!

Thanks also to our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon sponsor Lakeland Regional Health!

Blessings to you and have a wonderful summer!



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