Building a Supportive Community

By:
Stephanie Chong

May is Older Americans Month.  Every Friday in the month of May, NNV is featuring photos and stories of members and volunteers who are living well and aging well in our community.  I hope you enjoy their experiences and are inspired by their stories.

Ann Todd has been a well-known and appreciated NNV volunteer for many years, but her generosity with her time is not limited to NNV members.  Ann has also been of repeated help to her neighbors.  And, at a recent surprise party, her neighbors expressed their gratitude.

“We have a pretty close network of neighbors in our area, and Ann is always at the heart of it,” said Linda Gustitus, the party’s organizer. Ann, she said, is regularly “making sure we’re all doing ok and helping where she can.”  Recognizing this generosity “just seemed like the right thing to do—and the neighbors agreed”, Gustitus added.

Ann’s NNV volunteer activities center principally on driving members to needed appointments, but she has also brought friendship to members whose activities are limited, especially during the pandemic. Of Ann’s visits, late NNV member Phyllis Kline said with a smile, “We always have such enjoyable talks”.

Ann began volunteering for NNV in 2009. “That was when I began to learn what a remarkable community we live in,” she said. She has lived in her AU Park home for 35 years.

Volunteering is a wonderful way to get involved in your community, get to know your neighbors, and to feel good by doing something good for others. Visit our website to learn more about how you can build a supportive community by volunteering with NNV.

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