Acts such as volunteering or getting involved with social outings provide a healthy boost to our self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. Sharing your time or knowledge with others, especially older adults, does good for the community which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. At Acacia Creek Retirement Community, whether we’re participating in volunteer outings or even hosting a weekly social club, our residents and team members own a sense of pride and identity in their own special ways.
At Acacia Creek, while many of us may find it difficult to travel elsewhere to volunteer our time and energy, we remember that there are plenty of opportunities to do so here! For one, many of the popular activities and regularly scheduled games that AC residents enjoy are coordinated by fellow residents who volunteered their time to host. One of the most successful and recurring programs are our various water activities at our indoor swimming pool and spa. The programs, such as our water volleyball series, were originally started by one resident and currently continues with additional support thanks to other actively participating senior residents.
Many times, a resident brings skills, experience, and interest which is often shared. One resident was previously a travel agent and worked as a tour docent in San Francisco before moving to Acacia Creek Retirement Home, and today, she uses her background to lead several insightful and knowledgeable monthly outings in the Bay Area. There’s also the “Lunch Bunch” social group, where residents explore local restaurants and businesses, thanks to great recommendations from our volunteer resident leaders. There’s also opportunities to get involved and write for the monthly resident newsletter called the Acacia Creek Journal!
Our Sewing Studio and Model Studio often do large projects or crafts—including beading and sewing potholders—for charity such as last year’s 100 handmade baby caps for newborns at the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento. During the winter, the Model Studio gets busy building toy cars as Christmas gifts for residents’ grandchildren thanks to many our handy woodworking residents.
There are many opportunities to volunteer one’s time or host an enthusiasm club or program at Acacia Creek. And even if you’re not interested in hosting, these programs do appreciate your participation and involvement. It’s all about building community, helping our neighbors, and continuing our commitment to learning and living our best life.
Acacia Creek Resident