Youths volunteer at adult daycare in Eldersburg


August 20, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHILE THE SUMMER months are traditionally a time for taking it easy and loafing a little, six young people from our area have spent a few hours each week helping others.

Jason Linton, Lisa Vetter, brothers Justin and Stephen Peck, and sisters Katrina and Trinity Turner have spent about four hours a week volunteering at Eldersburg Care, an adult day care facility. The students are accumulating hours toward the community service requirement needed for graduation.

Besides helping with meal service, they have spent a great deal of time with the folks who come to the center each day. They engage the adults in conversation, play board and word games with them, work on puzzles together and sometimes go on outings.

"I really like talking to the people here," said Jason, an East Middle School seventh-grader.

The students work at the center on an individual basis.

"I feel that each student gets more out of the experience when there's only one student at a time," said Lynn Warfield, activities coordinator at the center.

The students are gaining much more than school credit from their experience at the Eldersburg facility.

"I learned a lot working here. I learned patience, tolerance and how to stay calm," said Stephen, a seventh-grader at Sykesville Middle School.

Lisa, a Sykesville resident and ninth-grader at Mount De Sales Academy in Catonsville, said she has gained valuable work experience.

"This has been a really good experience for a future job. It's definitely made it easier for me to talk to people," she said.

The spirit of giving was probably best expressed by Justin, who said: "I like helping people here because I hope that when I'm old and can't do the things I do now, that people will do the same for me."

Adult volunteer honored

Students are not the only ones who have spent many hours volunteering at Eldersburg Care.

Elaine Breeding of Sykesville was recently honored as a faithful adult volunteer for her 500-plus hours of service. She was presented with a framed certificate acknowledging her dedication and a gift certificate.

She began volunteering at the adult day care center in August 1993 and spends about five hours there each Wednesday.

"When I get a response and a smile from one of the participants, it just makes me so happy," she said.

Breeding plans to continue volunteering at the center and is aiming for 1,000 hours of service.

Convention news

Look closely and you just might glimpse someone you know during the Democratic National Convention next week.

Maxine C. Wooleyhand of Sykesville will be among the 100 delegates from Maryland participating in the convention in Chicago. She is one of four delegates from Carroll County.

"I really want to see the process from the inside," she said. "I'm also looking forward to meeting other Democrats from all over the country and sharing our views."

Wooleyhand is vice chairwoman of the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee.

Politics and the workings of our government have always fascinated Wooleyhand.

As a teen-ager, she stuffed envelopes for John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign.

She was a member of the Sykesville Town Council from 1987 to 1991 and ran unsuccessfully for mayor a few years ago.

Last call

Sykesville's final concert of the summer will be held Friday at Cooper Park.

Crosswalk will perform gospel music at 7 p.m. The concert is free.

Bring the family for a picnic before the concert. Be sure to bring lawn chairs or a blanket.

Information: 795-8959.

Pub Date: 8/20/96

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