My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Chaparral Foundation, Berkeley, CA, USA
I have been a weekly Chaparral volunteer for over four years. Watching the staff gently work with the residents warms my heart. Seeing the residents respond to them is also gratifying. Chaparral is quick to acknowledge, appreciate and inform its volunteer crew. It's a pleasant environment for all stakeholders, which is why I keep going back. I provide a "music hour" for the residents, but the visitors and staff seem to enjoy it too. My goal is to provide a happy memory and bring a smile to the faces of the patients, and when that happens, my day is made. Chaparral staff always make sure I have everything I need to achieve that goal. It's where I would take my loved one should the need arise.
Review for Chaparral Foundation, Midland, TX, USA
I've been a volunteer at Chaparral House for over four years. I offer music to the residents every week, largely a selection of music from the 30s and 40s, which is what they recognize and sometimes like to sing. I began to honor my mom who spent the last 10 years of her life in a convalescent hospital. She always asked me to play the piano for her, so I continue with that legacy. The staff at Chaparral have always made me feel welcome and appreciated. They go out of their way to make sure I have everything I need while I'm there.
Kim Larsen emails the volunteers regularly with requests to assist in the many, many activities Chaparral offers its residents. He alerts us as to the passing of the residents so that we may offer our condolences to family and friends.
My initial goal was to play piano for the residents. What I've discovered over the past few years is that the resident's families as well as the staff appreciate the brief respite and the pleasant walk down memory. Some of the staff, Kim in particular, will join me in song when they are able. It's a gratifying gift to me when folks respond and participate.
Chaparral gives me an opportunity to share my time, and always always always appreciates and encourages me as well as the residents. I'll keep on going every Tuesday morning. Thank you, Chaparral.