Why you should volunteer in 2016

Think about the last time you volunteered your time and talents to an important effort or cause. How did it make you feel? With the busy lives we lead, just the thought of volunteering might seem overwhelming, but in reality it could be very beneficial. It’s easy to think about the positive impact that volunteers have on others, but we don’t often consider how rewarding it can be for a volunteer to reach out and make a difference in someone’s life. As we approach the summer solstice, put those many hours of daylight to good use. Here are five good reasons for seniors and caregivers alike to volunteer:

1. Find Meaning and Purpose at Any Age: Sharing what you’ve learned with others can be a rewarding opportunity to give back. It’s also an opportunity not relegated to the young. Between 2009 and 2011, the average national volunteer rate of older adults was 23.9% per year, as compared to baby boomers at 29.2% and young adults at 22.1%. Average older adult volunteer rates for states ranged from 17.4% to 39.3%. For older adults, a study showed that formal volunteering moderated the loss of a sense of purpose for those who had experienced the loss of major role identities, such as wage-earner and parent. Residents, and family members of residents, at Sunrise Senior Living volunteer through ongoing community service projects. At Sunrise, there are many family members who volunteer as ‘family buddies’ to give advice and encouragement to families of new residents in Reminiscence Memory Care Neighborhoods. They say that they receive satisfaction in knowing they are helping others and that sharing their own personal stories is therapeutic.

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Home Run!

Participants and coaches alike had a great time this past Saturday at The Dinuba SportsPlex.   For many of the participants this was their first time playing golf.  Indoor activities ranged from short game practice in batting cages to a golf course on a soccer field.  The highlight of the event was a SNAG Golf baseball game.  The children played against the volunteers, which led to an exciting, evenly matched game.  We look forward to having similar events in the future!

Thanks to the following volunteers for making the event possible: Ken, Madchen, Kay, Cecil, Greg, Brian, Jose, Duane, Ren, Mario, and the SportsPlex staff.  Also, thanks to The Dinuba SportsPlex for allowing us to use their facility.

SNAG Golf Baseball Game

SNAG Golf Baseball Game

Congratulations to Christine Erickson, our May volunteer of the month!

Christine works tirelessly to keep our participant database up-to-date.  Also, The Ericksons annually support our programs and volunteer at events.  Thanks for supporting The First Tee of Fresno!

BBQ, Yogurt, and Fruit, OH MY!

What a great weekend for our participants!  Friday night our A/B Honor Roll event celebrated the academic achievement of participants who received all A’s and B’s on their report cards.  Following the award presentation, participants, families and volunteers celebrated by eating frozen yogurt, donated by Menchie’s.  Out of approximately 180 National First Tee chapters, The First Tee of Fresno ranked second in the nation, with regards to the number of participants receiving the award.  Great job to all our participants and families for their dedication to academic excellence!

A/B Honor Roll Celebration!

A/B Honor Roll Celebration!

On Saturday, we celebrated the end of the spring session with our Annual Spring Family BBQ & Certification Day.  We had plenty of food and fun to go-around.  Meats 2 U provided us with Tri-Tip and hot dogs, and we provided fruit as a healthy side option, instead of the typical bag of chips.  Thanks to all the families who attended the event on Saturday, and congratulations to all the participants who passed certification.  We look forward to starting the summer session on June 15th!  See you out there!

SNAG Golf Range at The Spring Family BBQ

SNAG Golf Range at The Spring Family BBQ


We’d like to thank the following volunteers for making our events possible this weekend:

The Pena Family, Rosie Filgas, Danielle Lopez, Brian Whaley, Mario Yep, Eric Paolinelli, Laura Andrews, Kay Hamilton, Kaleb Brown, Madchen Ly, The Rabena Family, The Firpo Family, Jon Moore, Mario Yep, Katie Horsford, Ren Grossman & everyone else who lent a hand this weekend!

Thank you to Menchie’s and Meats 2 U for donating food for our events!

Thank you to Tom from Island Photography for taking A/B Honor Roll Pictures!