Kudos to Jared Pollack

Kudos to Jared Pollack

Recipient of the 2014 Kitty Davis Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service

Jared Pollack - Aug. 2014

Jared Pollack, 25, began his first day of volunteer service at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington on December 10, 2010. His 3,590 hours of service — in 2014 alone — reflect the dedication and firm commitment of this young man to help the elderly in our community.

Jared leads Bingo games seven days a week in both the Wasserman and Smith-Kogod residences. He also escorts residents to and from games, sets up before their arrival, and hands out nickel prizes. Finally, Jared serves as the Bingo caller, but he makes sure to involve other volunteers who may be present. He has learned to delegate and supervise.

In addition to Bingo, Jared escorts residents to synagogue services, outdoors activities, and to the on-site Ratner Beauty Salons.

According to Director of Volunteers Hedy Peyser, Jared can always be counted on to assist with whatever needs doing. "He is a most reliable presence — five days a week, 52 weeks a year," she says. What follows are excerpts from Jared's intended remarks for when he receives his well-earned award.

I've been volunteering for four years. I feel so honored to be in the company of the past recipients of the [Kitty Davis] Award.

I started volunteering here for a senior project to earn my 30 hours required for graduation from the Harbour School, in Annapolis. I graduated from there in June, 2011, and a month later I came back to the Hebrew Home. Since then I have been coming here full-time. I've met a lot of residents and grown close to them.

First and foremost I want to thank Hedy Peyser for taking me in and teaching me the ropes of being a volunteer at the Hebrew Home. I also want to thank my parents, two sisters, grandparents, and the rest of my family for all their love and support...and for taking me back and forth every day.

For me, being a volunteer means that I can connect with the residents. I also connect with my fellow volunteers. I wouldn't have gotten to this point if it weren't for all the residents and staff who have made me feel at home.

[Do your best] and it will always pay off!

Jared

To learn about the breadth of volunteer opportunities at Charles E. Smith Life Communities, please visit www.hebrew-home.org and click on Volunteer.

 

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