April is National Volunteer Recognition Month and our mountain community overflows with citizens who should be recognized for their selfless devotion to various causes, which wouldn't exist without generous donations of time and talent. Money is crucial, but it takes people to bring these programs to life.
While all volunteers should be saluted everyday, I draw your attention to a group that quietly goes about enriching the lives of us all, if only in the "pay it forward" fashion. The Oakhurst Healthcare and Wellness Centre offers living and medical services for its clients, mostly seniors, when they can no longer stay at home. For 35 years, The Sierra Medowlarks have provided activities coordinated by long-time Activities Director Sharon Reeves. Because Sharon has held this position for more than 25 years, she must love her job and they love her.
With the help of the Meadowlarks, Sharon sees that the residents have parties, play bingo and other games, do craft projects, yoga, exercise, enjoy music and movies, and much more. All these activities enhance the lives of our most precious population, those who used to provide us with all the 'extras' growing up.
Many of you have had or now have a friend or relative at the Wellness Centre or some similar facility somewhere. Despite the excellent attention by staff, there is still a void that can only be filled by those who bring a more personal touch through activities, entertainment or just a visit.
The number of Meadowlarks has dwindled over the years and your help and friendship are needed. If you have a few hours to enrich the lives of those who have given us so much, please contact Sharon Reeves to find out about The Meadowlarks, dedicated only to creating a little more kindness where it is needed most.
Sherri Smith, Coarsegold