Volunteers needed for aging programs

Susan EspirituOur Town Neighbors

Hillcrest Healthcare is committed to helping and serving the patients and residents within its three Knoxville locations as well as seniors throughout the community. And we’re grateful for team members who invest the time and energy to support important initiatives, and for the great partners who work every day to provide the resources and services that seniors in the area need and deserve.

The Community Action Committee’s CAC Office on Aging is an amazing resource for seniors, with around two dozen programs aimed at supporting the needs of seniors. These programs cover education, nutrition, mobile meals, recreation, companionship and more.

Its Senior Companion Program sends volunteers to those who are experiencing loneliness, isolation and barriers of aging to build relationships through meetings in homes and in adult day centers.

The Snowflake Ball is a fun fundraiser for the program that includes live music, dancing, networking, dinner, silent auction and the crowning of a king and queen. In addition to being a bronze sponsor of the event and silent auction donor, Hillcrest Healthcare’s Lavonda Cantrell and Trudy Durham participate on the organization’s senior advisory council, which helps promote events and activities and manage auction items.

The February 2024 Snowflake Ball raised more than $100,000 to support the program’s mission.

The Senior Companion Program currently is experiencing a shortage of volunteers, so anyone who is age 55 and older with a heart to serve others, please consider volunteering for this important service.

Hillcrest Healthcare also welcomes individuals, families and groups of all ages to volunteer at its three communities as well. Volunteers are a source of joy and light to the residents.

Hillcrest Healthcare Foundation’s Knox Rox Benefit Concert will be Saturday, April 27, 2024. It will split proceeds in support of CAC Office on Aging’s Daily Living Center, which provides adult day services to seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the “Knox Rox Benefit Concert 2024” Eventbrite page.

The foundation also has supported Hope Springs Adult Day Care Center and Alzheimer’s Tennessee to give back to seniors supported by these partners.

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