The patients and staff at Trinity Healthcare in Williamson hosted a raft of special visitors Oct. 1, the students in Allison Dotson’s third grade class from Kermit Elementary School descended upon the healthcare facility eager to volunteer their time with residents.
Dotson explained the purpose of the trip saying, “We are learning the answer to an essential question of the importance of volunteering and how it affects you and your community. I wanted the kids to be able to experience it for themselves.” Dotson went on to detail the children pre-prepared treat bags and crafts and handed them out to the residents. The children also spent one-on-one time talking with residents and enjoyed more social time at lunch.
Dotson was clear the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition in conjunction with the Williamson Health and Wellness Center had organized the event giving her students a chance to volunteer and interact with the community in a meaningful way.
Nate Siggers, with the Williamson Health and Wellness Center, stated he was happy to be able to get Dotson’s class involved with the project. “We are trying to establish a volunteer program through every school in the county. Kermit is the first school to be going through the program. They had some projects going on that dealt with volunteerism.”
Siggers added he would like to get classes from every school in the county to visit and spend time with the residents at Trinity Healthcare. Siggers explained his work installing vegetable gardens at Trinity Healthcare with the group Sustainable Williamson had shown him the need for volunteers to spend time with Trinity Healthcare residents. Siggers said he was also interested in getting 4H groups involved in volunteering throughout the county.
Siggers explained that any group in the area who is seeking volunteers can contact him at the Williamson Health and Wellness Center at 304-235-3400.
“The Williamson Health and Wellness Center would like to thank Trinity Healthcare for working with us on this project and Mrs. Dotson and all of the children in her class for coming out and volunteering their time. A community can only grow and develop from within, and that’s what we’ve seen here today,” added Siggers.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-235-4242 or by email at [email protected]