CREST salutes its vol­un­teers

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Sports - Ran­dom Age-Friendly

With April be­ing Vol­un­teer Month, it only seems fit­ting for the Ran­dom Age-Friendly Com­mu­ni­ties Board to salute the more than 80 vol­un­teers who have been op­er­at­ing the Clarenville Re­gion Ex­tended Se­niors’ Trans­porta­tion (CREST) ser­vice for the past three years and nine months.

CREST is truly the cap­i­tal of vol­un­teerism, with folks do­nat­ing their time to the se­niors’ trans­porta­tion ser­vice.

In Clarenville, as well as 11 neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties, older women and men, and those with mo­bil­ity chal­lenges, ben­e­fit from CREST with its wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble van.

Then again, there is also great news for CREST’s ded­i­cated vol­un­teers. Vol­un­teer­ing does ben­e­fit you.

Re­search has dis­cov­ered that peo­ple who are ac­tive in their com­mu­ni­ties live longer, health­ier lives.

Re­search also shows that vol­un­teer­ing pro­vides a strong sense of pur­pose and well-be­ing, traits linked to lower rates of de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety.

There are phys­i­cal ben­e­fits too. Folks who vol­un­teer as lit­tle as two hours a week have lower blood pres­sure, say re­searchers, which re­duces the risk of heart at­tack and stroke.

The Health Psy­chol­ogy jour­nal re­ports vol­un­teers live an av­er­age of four years longer.

Also, our vol­un­teers con­tinue to tell us that serv­ing our se­niors is a very re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Ran­dom Age-Friendly Com­mu­ni­ties Board says thank you; your vol­un­teer sup­port makes a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in our com­mu­ni­ties.

We would also like to in­form the pub­lic that we are al­ways look­ing for vol­un­teers to join our team. Your time com­mit­ment to CREST can be as lit­tle as one day per month.

Avail­able op­por­tu­ni­ties in­clude driv­ers, as­sis­tants, and book­ing. Con­tact the of­fice at 466-1114.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Deb­bie Critch is one of the 24 ladies who en­joy vol­un­teer­ing in the CREST book­ing of­fice.

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