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Written by: Michael Bolton on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Posted in:

National Volunteer Week was established by President Richard Nixon in 1974 to celebrate the efforts of volunteers throughout the country. Today, National Volunteer Week is commemorated by recognizing the valuable work contributed by volunteers and by finding ways to volunteer.

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Harmony would like to pay special tribute to the national force of Ombudsman volunteers who donate their time to protect vulnerable adults living in nursing facilities.

According to the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center, more than 75% of states use volunteer ombudsman to visit facilities and manage complaints.  The value that Ombudsman volunteers add to the life of someone living in a nursing facility is unquantifiable and often their work goes unnoticed.

Dedicated volunteers provide companionship, smiles, and care to so many nursing facility residents every day.  Their work should be applauded.

There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer within the Aging and Adult Services community.   You can help deliver meals for a local Meals on Wheels route, visit a long-term care facility to spread cheer among the residents, or take a senior who can no longer drive to an appointment.  For more ideas on ways you can help, go to Leading Age’s directory – How and Where to Volunteer in Aging Services.