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Volunteer Spotlight

By March 20, 2024March 22nd, 2024April 2024 eNewsletter, eNewsletter

A volunteer woman sorting pet food

As we celebrate the invaluable contributions of our volunteers, we’re delighted to spotlight two remarkable individuals who have been pillars of support for LifeCare Alliance. Mother and daughter Barb and Carol MacIvor have volunteered for many years with LifeCare Alliance, enriching the lives of countless individuals and their pets in need. While volunteering with Senior Pet Care services, Barb and Carol have filled more than 24,000 bags of cat and dog food. This equates to more than 140,000 pounds of pet food and approximately 280,000 pet meals.

Both Barb and Carol have been integral parts of LifeCare Alliance. Barb’s steadfast dedication spans a remarkable eight years, while Carol has selflessly volunteered for 10 years, exemplifying unwavering commitment and compassion.

Barb’s journey with volunteering traces back to her childhood, where she was deeply influenced by her own mother, a social worker. Witnessing her mother’s commitment to serving communities in need left a permanent impact on Barb. Inspired by her mother’s example, Barb embarked on her own volunteering journey, seeking out opportunities to make a tangible difference in people’s lives.

For Carol, she began volunteering during her tenure at Hexion, where she and her colleagues delivered Meals-on-Wheels and assisted in the LifeCare Alliance kitchen. Learning about LifeCare Alliance’s mission resonated deeply with Carol, who saw an opportunity not only to contribute to the community but to do so with her mother.  Together they continue a family legacy of engaging in meaningful activities that benefit others.

Reflecting on their initial impressions of LifeCare Alliance, Barb was struck by the organization’s vast reach and the breadth of services it provides to those in need. Carol, on the other hand, was captivated by the opportunity to not only help others but also to foster a sense of purpose and fulfillment in her mother’s life.

When asked what advice they would offer to prospective volunteers, Carol emphasizes the abundance of opportunities available, encouraging others to explore the myriad ways they can make a difference. Barb echoes this sentiment, asserting that once you start volunteering, you’ll find yourself drawn to the enriching experiences and the profound impact you can have on others’ lives.

As we extend our heartfelt gratitude to Barb, Carol, and all our dedicated volunteers, we invite you to join us in celebrating Barb and Carol’s unwavering commitment to serving others and making our community a better place, where Being There Matters™.

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