It Warms My Heart
“I know their family members aren’t able to visit very often, so it warms my heart to visit my two ladies, and besides that, I really enjoy the time I spend with them.” This is what Linda Williams told me at the end of our visit, and the tears in her eyes and look on her face said it all.
Linda began volunteering for Alameda Friendly Visitors in August, 2005. She found it and Alameda Meals on Wheels through a church bulletin at Saint Joseph Basilica after the first time she retired and decided she was afraid of becoming a couch potato. She delivered meals for a while, but found her favorite activity through Alameda Friendly Visitors, visiting her various new friends who were in a nursing facility. She has visited four people over the last 11 years and during that time, returned to work again at the Bank of Marin.
The Bank of Marin supports and encourages their employees to volunteer in the community and acknowledges their volunteer hours. Last year, Linda came in second with over 400 volunteer hours. The hours she volunteered with Alameda Friendly Visitors were about 40% of that total.
Currently, Linda visits a couple of ladies. Angela particularly loves to hear the description of the latest classic movie that Linda has watched. Mary shares Linda’s interest in sports and politics and they spent hours last year watching baseball, football, and particularly the Warriors on TV.
Bringing the outside life to her ladies is a goal of Linda’s. She does this through discussing news and providing subscriptions to O Magazine and People Magazine, favorites of both of her friends. She also tries to bring in food treats on occasion. For their birthday, she always brings them their favorite meal, and there are other random treats, too, especially for holidays.
The best part for Linda is when she can make them laugh, and knowing Linda, that probably happens quite often.
This article appeared in the Alameda Meals on Wheels Fall 2016 Newsletter. If you or someone you know could benefit from the services of Alameda Friendly Visitors or if you’d like to volunteer, please visit their website or Facebook page for more information.
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