I started volunteering at a local nursing home in 1996. My first responsibility was reading to the residents, and then one of the aides asked if I would do manicures. I was a beautician in my younger days, so she thought it would be something I could do.
It started out with only six or seven women wanting manicures, but soon more women wanted to get their nails done, so the facility had to recruit two more volunteers.
The residents are very proud of their nails. Most of them had never had a manicure before, and it’s fun visiting with them while I do their nails.
I also help with crafts when the activities director needs an extra hand, and another volunteer and I used to help
The facility has an annual dinner for its volunteers. In 2007, I was surprised to be named volunteer of the year. It was a nice surprise.