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