Luther Memorial Home Forever appreciates volunteers

*Article is from Traill County Tribune from April 13, 2019 written by James R. Johnson

"Never underestimate your ability to make someone else's life better - even if you never know it." - Greg Louganis

Life every day at Luther Memorial Home in Mayville involves dozens if not hundreds of volunteers, who are "always needed, forever appreciated."

"Several of our residents here were volunteers at one time, " Lisa Nelson, LMH activities director, told more than 40 people gathered for its annual volunteer recognition luncheon April 9.  "Volunteering is the most generous gift anyone can give," Nelson continued. "It's good medicine."

Members of the LMH staff opened the luncheon sneaking about like spies as Nelson played the Theme of "Mission: Impossible," but on this day, the spies proclaim, "If we have a mission, everything is possible."

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 to recognize and celebrate those who donate their time to be volunteers. At LMH, volunteers are described, in part, as people who really listen, who share their talents and have the residents' best interests at heart. 

Nelson issued certificates to each of Traill County's 19 churches, whose congregations and pastors volunteer their time.  But Nelson said the list of volunteers to thank extends to the  LMH Auxiliary Ladies, who are remodeling the beauty shop and raising funds.  

Nelson recognized the Caring Ministry, which drew a round of applause for more than 389 hours given freely toward LMH residents in 2018.

The list included LMH board members and staff; the VFW for Bingo and Veterans Day programs, Mary Peterson and her quilting gang, the Portland GST, and dozens of local musicians. all of whom work to assure LMH residents they are never alone.  

Adam Edwards, LMH human resources manager, expressed, "Our wish is that each of you know you are appreciated.  You do play an impactful role here."