From filling the counters and windowsills with beautiful blossoms to running basic errands for residents, the volunteers of the year at Farmington Presbyterian Manor go the extra mile to serve our residents and staff.
Caroline Chastain was honored as Resident Volunteer of the Year and Carol Bloom was named Community Volunteer of the Year at the Volunteer Banquet in April.
“We are so blessed. We have a phenomenal volunteer program, and it’s growing,” said Teresa Pinkley, Presbyterian Manor’s volunteer coordinator.
Chastain creates floral arrangements that brighten the building inside and out. She decorates the patio on holidays and in the summer with flowers, Pinkley said, working with the blooms and greens.
“Her creativity never ceases to amaze me,” Pinkley said. “She has a skill for arranging flowers and making our nurses’ stations and windowsills beautiful.”
Chastain has lived at Presbyterian Manor since 2008 and is known for urging others to be as socially active as she is.
Farmington area resident Carol Bloom has served as a Presbyterian Manor volunteer for more than a decade. Pinkley described her as “faithful and committed” to her task as the Monday shopper.
Bloom collects lists from residents and shops for the toiletries and other items they request, delivering them with a smile.
“She is a true example of the dedication it takes to fulfill a specific need,” Pinkley said.
At the banquet, Pinkley acknowledged the many others who give of their time and talent to serve Presbyterian Manor, including hospice volunteers and members of the Key Club from Farmington High School.
“Leading by example, you show the people around you that all ages must give back a measure of what they have received to make a difference,” Pinkley said.