Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It's for the birds!

Recently, a generous person donated eight bird feeders. Different shapes, different kinds, different colors. I had some bird seed here, but I will need more as we go through the seasons. Most of the feeders are located in spots where several residents can view the action. Trees have been planted for roosting and the birds (all kinds) appear to enjoy the feeders.

We really, really need more bird seed. Consider some indirect volunteering by bring in some bird seed.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Will you donate a hose?              

Volunteers take care of the landscaping chores at CCNH. Champaign County mows the green ground cover (I hesitate to refer to it as grass, too many weeds) and that is all they do for us. Trees, shrubs and flowers have been planted all over the property and we need some long hoses so that we can water during the upcoming hot summer.

When our facility was designed, the placement of water faucets in convenient locations was a huge oversight. There are a couple of spots that will require more than 200’ of hose to reach far enough to do the watering job properly. We need hoses long enough and nozzles, too. Please consider volunteering at CCNH by donating a couple of needed items.

Thank you for your consideration.


Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.
Muhammad Ali

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Time Share Offer

That headline was put there to catch your attention. I hope that you will read through on this.

I am aware that there are businesses that offer an opportunity for their employees to volunteer once a month, or once a quarter during regular business hours and still get paid their regular amount.

Are you affiliated with an organization that offers this type of time sharing? Let me know if you and your co-workers are willing to come to Champaign County Nursing Home to volunteer. We can create a project that would be appropriate or you can help with many of our day-to-day activities.

Let me know.


Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

Friday, May 18, 2012

I enjoy posting on this thing, but what I cannot understand is why things end up looking as they do. For instance, notice on the previous post that the headline is small font and the body is upper case, bold, large font. That's not the way I thought I did it!


This is the time of year that I have time to do more than is necessary. My appointments a fewer and I have the opportunity to clear off my desk. But then, something new appears and I am back to a cluttered desk. I do have the time to meet new volunteers. Contact me, we'll spend some time together and you can feel better about becoming a more integral part of our community. My usual office hours are 8 - 3 Monday through Friday. Send an email, let's get something started!


We are all here for a spell; get all the good laughs you can.
Will Rogers

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Group Volunteering Help at CCNH

Groups are welcome to come to our facility. Because of what we do, groups do not have much contact with any of our residents as orientation would be required. However, I do set up some Saturday mornings throughout the year when groups can come in and help with “chores” that need to get done. These chores can be picking up trash, washing windows, scrubbing walls or a thorough cleaning of our dining rooms (shown here).

I keep the volunteer numbers somewhat low as I can work with only a certain number of at a time. If you are part of a group (fewer than 15 people), that would like to do some good for the community, then let me know. We’ll work out something.


The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.
Peter Drucker

Monday, May 14, 2012

Computer room for our residents.

Here is what we have. It is simple. Most of our residents are somewhat scared of technology and thus don’t use this room. Parkland College donated some refurbished computers and stuff. It is not state-of-the-art, but it will work for what we need here at CCNH.

However, we have some gremlins on our machines. Trojan horse, malware, whatever it is called. It is on the computers. Since these are not county-owned computers, our IT folks will not address any problems we might have. We need a volunteer who will come here, diagnose the problems and fix them. How often might this be necessary? I don’t know…possibly once every three months or longer!

Let me know if you have the skill set and some free time to help us.


Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise.
Alice Walker

Monday, May 7, 2012

Music at the Nursing Home

All kinds of music! Big Band Jazz! Bluegrass! Celtic Harp! Sing-alongs! Hymn singing! The residents enjoy the music that volunteers offer at CCNH. And, it is not all live, we play records for their enjoyment, too.

Some of the time, we use the chapel for its good acoustics. Some of the time we are in one of our dining rooms because we need the space for all of the people who come to enjoy the music.

Do you have a musical talent that you would like to share? Vocal music, instrumental music, a capella, a saw? Whatever you can do, we’ll let you share.


Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
Danny Kaye

Friday, May 4, 2012

The CCNH Chapel

Our chapel is 700+ square feet. Every Friday, we have Catholic Mass. Every Sunday morning we have services with Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church. Every Tuesday we show a copy of Sunday's service at St. John's Lutheran Church. There is a simple Chapel Service every Sunday afternoon. Weekly, we have Bible Study.

Our residents have the right to observe whatever religious preferences they have.

Loyal volunteers are the folks who keep these events going.