A couple of months ago, I saw an article in a local paper regarding the work RMCF was doing helping elderly and handicapped people with home repairs that these people were no longer capable of doing for themselves. I have worked in construction for over 55 years. Having recently retired, I want to stay active and feel that using my skills to help what I consider an underserved portion of our community would be good for me and good for our community. I sent an email to Dede Fluette of RMCF offering my services. Dede responded back to me that same day. I met with Dede and Joel Warren, RMCF volunteer coordinator, a few days later. I learned that Joel is an Americor Volunteer, a knowledge that further made me feel good about helping. Both Joel and Dede were obviously dedicated to their work and are fine people. I readily joined with them as a volunteer. Since that time I have performed home repairs for six different elderly widows and one elderly lady whose husband suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm. These women have ranged in age from late 70's to 92 years old. They are ALL very grateful for the help. Each has been the kind of person who has been independent all their life and they continue to take care of their homes as best they can. To fix their plumbing, repair their roof, trim tree branches that may damage roofing, replace an unsafe porch and stair, clean rain gutters, fix broken sprinklers and make home safety inspections has been very rewarding to me and helpful to these fine people who simply can't do these things for themselves. All have been tremendously grateful and appreciative. It simply makes a guy feel good. (Not to mention the occasional bag of vegetables from a small garden that some insist I take home with me.) RMCF is a fine organization that I am very happy to serve with. Ray Andrus 801-435-4040. firstname.lastname@example.org
I have experienced how a volunteer can bring joy, comfort and friendship to a patient. From just being a friend, cutting someone's hair or listening and writing a life story for someone in the last weeks of their life, volunteers make a huge diffference in someone's life. Rocky Mountain volunteers are dedicated, caring, loving and extra special people. They give a whole new meaning to "compassion". I am grateful for my affiliation with the Rocky Mountain Care Foundation.