Cheverly’s New Team Sport
Cheverly Village volunteers show great teamwork
While services such as driving a Cheverly Village member to an appointment must be done by one volunteer at a time, other tasks are best done in teams. These include repetitive tasks that would be hard to fit into one person’s schedule, such as driving to a series of physical therapy appointments, or doing the member’s weekly grocery shopping, or routinely chopping vegetables for healthful meals. For service requests such as these, “tag teams” of Cheverly Village volunteers are getting the job done.
Volunteers also team up for tasks that would be challenging for one person, such as building a shed, moving furniture, and raking leaves. And then there are the social activities for which teamwork is a must! The much acclaimed Cheverly Home Tour in December was attended by several Cheverly Village members thanks to the grace and agility of a fine team of Cheverly Village volunteers who provided transportation and, in one case, companionship for a spouse who would need to remain at home.
Sometimes teamwork expands to include other local players. For example, a member wanting houseplants to improve indoor air quality was connected to the Cheverly Garden Club, which provided advice and some plant cuttings. In other cases, members have been connected to New Horizons electronics recycling and to Mission of Love to pick up a used sofa.
Instead of receiving trophies, the teams are rewarded with members’ comments: “I’m especially grateful because my usual safety net for grocery shopping had fallen through.” “Thank you again! It’s been on my list to do for years: the hard drive will be shredded…” “Thanks sooo much for raking the leaves! What a blessed relief!” Please indulge me in one more sports metaphor as I affirm that we have a “deep bench” in that Cheverly Village volunteers make for a winning season—all year long!
— Teresa Williams, for Cheverly Village Board of Directors