Meet Our Volunteers
Kitty Davis Volunteer Service Award
The Kitty Davis Volunteer Service Award is presented annually at the Volunteer Day luncheon in memory of Kitty Davis, an exceptionally warm and caring volunteer on the campus for many years. Each and every recipient, from 1971 to the present, is an inspiration for all those dedicated to enriching the lives of the elderly.
The 2017 Kitty Davis Award was presented to Jennifer Chen, founder of the Adopt-A-Grandparent Program.
Jennifer, a top Churchill student who heads off to Harvard University in the fall, started the Adopt-A-Grandparent Program in 2014 at the Hebrew Home after observing how positively residents responded to her visits.
In the summer following 7th grade, Jennifer arrived at the Hebrew Home to volunteer. She was assigned the kinds of tasks that students typically perform, including assisting residents dependent upon wheelchairs who need help getting to activities, passing out food trays, and spending time chatting with older adults who especially enjoy intergenerational visits. She easily accumulated the necessary hours to fulfill her community service requirement, but in the process made many good friends with other volunteers and, as she says, “I liked what I was doing and decided to continue.”
Two years later, Jennifer launched the Adopt-A-Grandparent program. “I realized that a lot of residents felt lonely when they didn’t have friends and relatives coming to visit them regularly.” She recruited friends from local high schools to join her in this new endeavor. Since then, she has worked with 20 volunteers who have served nearly 50 Hebrew Home residents. Fortunately, she has lined up a volunteer to lead the program in September. In addition to studying or volunteering, Jennifer was captain of Churchill High School’s Mock Trial team, captain of the Varsity Tennis team, president of the Science Honor Society, and an ardent advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association. She's a great role model for any teen wondering how to fit volunteerring into a demanding school schedule.
Charles E. Smith Life Communities is grateful to Jennifer for her years of support for our mission and we wish her much success going forward.
2017 Volunteer Luncheon
Charles E. Smith Life Communities is always looking for volunteers to support projects and programs. Those who serve 100 hours or more per year are recognized in our Annual Report and at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. See photos from the event.