St. Martin’s Home recently welcomed volunteers from Young Neighbors in Action, a Catholic organization that arranges volunteer opportunities for youth across the country. 70 students from the organization volunteered in Baltimore over the summer and St. Martin’s Home hosted 5 of the volunteers. In addition to spending time at St. Martin’s Home, the group had the opportunity to meet with their state representatives in Washington, DC to advocate for causes related to their volunteer experience.
Phil Mraz and Nick Gill, coordinators, along with three youth volunteers spent time with our Residents – playing cards, balloon volleyball, and bingo, in addition to offering sing-alongs and one-on-one visits. One volunteer, Allison, was in awe of the care required for many of the Residents. She noticed that regardless of their needs or age, each Resident has a unique personality. Another volunteer, Sarah, enjoyed getting to know the Residents and was impressed with how kind the staff at St. Martin’s Home is. “Being young and independent, we learned much about the cares and needs of the elderly. The elderly have a lot to say – we just need to listen,” volunteer, Roberta said.
The group, from St. Francis Assisi in Centerville, Ohio, enjoyed their time with the Residents, and St. Martin’s appreciated their visit!