Oak Crest honors its volunteers

Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center residents and staff recently celebrated National Volunteer Week with a special “Volunteer Rock” party.

The 1950s theme was used throughout the event with Alice Loftus and Bob Taylor bringing back memories with their vocal presentation and a dessert buffet was enjoyed by all.

Stephen Cichy, Oak Crest executive director, recognized the volunteers and expressed words of appreciation to the many volunteers in attendance and for the 9,000-plus hours they donated during the year.

Joan Launer, community events coordinator, introduced former recipients of the Oak Leaf Award. The award is given yearly to a community volunteer and a resident volunteer who have given many hours of service and for the impact of service to the Oak Crest family.

Receiving the resident volunteer award this year was Lloyd Maurer. A resident at Oak Crest since 2004, Maurer volunteers in many ways, but is primarily known for the important duty of making sure the residents receive their mail. Every day he sorts the mail and makes sure the mail gets to the proper mail room and boxes.

The community volunteer award was presented to Carolyn Haber, who has volunteered at Oak Crest for several years. She started working with the Trauma Doll project, which led to many other craft projects, working on special events such as the Fall Craft Fest, decorating the facility for the holidays and the Christmas Tree Walk and Open House. She also works in the library and does other clerical work.

Oak Crest is fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers that give of their time and talent in so many ways. Many volunteers assist with activities, programs, worship services, entertainment, the Oak Crest Shoppe and the library.

New volunteers are always welcome. Flexible and personalized volunteer opportunities are available. For more information, call Joan Launer at 815-756-8461.

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