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Montereau Volunteers Honored at Luncheon

Resident volunteers play a vital role at Montereau and make a huge impact in the Tulsa community. Volunteers assist in variety of capacities on campus, including leading clubs and games, assisting with projects in the Health Center, tutoring Montereau staff in English as a Second Language and serving on resident committees.  Off campus, Montereau residents travel monthly to the Community Food Bank of Easter Oklahoma, read to elementary students, and volunteer at St. Francis and Laureate, among other activities.

We are proud of the contributions that our volunteers make both at home and in the greater Tulsa Community. To show our gratitude, Montereau invited all of our volunteers to a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.  Volunteers each received a certificate, lapel pin – and a delicious lunch!

We also recognized four Outstanding Volunteers for 2015 – 2016. These volunteers went above and beyond to give back to Montereau.

The first Independent Living Outstanding Volunteer, Charlotte, is very involved on campus and she is especially “artsy”.  In the past year, Charlotte has been able to combine her love of art with her service work at Montereau by helping us build the Montereau Arts Council.

The Arts Council is a new organization that offers residents an opportunity to plan fun art-related projects for Independent Living residents to participate in, and volunteer in the Health Center to assist with art projects that take place on a weekly basis in the Chateau, the Abbey and the Villa.

This project has been quite an undertaking, and Charlotte has been integral in its creation!  She coordinates Arts Council meetings & Council events, helps connect residents with volunteer opportunities, and advocates for art involvement in our community.

The second Independent Living Outstanding Volunteer helped to establish a staff tutoring program this year. Nat has been an amazing asset to the Wellness Department, especially, because he has been the driving force behind the English as a Second Language program.  The ESL program matches resident volunteers with staff who need help developing their English-speaking skills.

After running into several roadblocks in finding an ESL teacher to help us with this program, Nat nearly single-handedly conceptualized the tutoring program that has now been in operation since January.  He tirelessly recruited staff & residents to participate, and he continues to provide support & assistance whenever needed.

Currently, 16 staff are matched with resident volunteers, and the ESL program provides them with English speaking skills that will help them for the rest of their lives!

We also recognized two volunteers who make a huge difference in Montereau’s Health Centers. The first Outstanding Health Center Volunteer, Pat, has been volunteering with the Health Center for many years.  She began as the original pianist for the Sunday Sing-Alongs.  After the opening of the Abbey more than four years ago, Pat has been playing during the devotion every Thursday.  She has been joyously playing hymns for the Abbey residents and has missed very few Thursdays in those four years.  She also continues to play as the residents transition to lunch.  Pat greets all of the residents and shows a deep compassion for them.

Our second Outstanding Health Center Volunteer started a new program to share the life stories of residents in the Villa. Judith came to the Wellness team in January with her idea to start “The Villa Legacy Program”.  Her idea was to “record the fascinating lives lived by the residents of the Villa, and thereby foster a keener sense of family.”  For each biography, she sets up an interview with the residents and listens to their stories.  She then writes up a two-page biography of each resident, complete with pictures, and compiles them in a book for everyone to enjoy.

All of our resident volunteers do so much great work to improve the lives of fellow residents and to support the Tulsa community as a whole. We are proud to work with them and look forward to another year of great service!

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