Category Archives: Volunteers

Volunteers: at the Heart of The Cedars

Looking back over the years, it’s clear that The Cedars would not be the thriving community it is today had it not been for our volunteers raising nickels and uniting a strong passion for “change” to support our residents.

Today that spirit is fully ignited and contagious as ever, with a diverse variety of volunteers sharing their talents and giving back in unique ways that offer immeasurable returns. Our volunteers continue to be the cornerstone of the compassionate care that we strive for, offering creative approaches that enhance lifestyle choices and honor individuality.

It has been said that the heart of … Read more here.

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The Cedars Volunteer Awarded by Leading Age

On April 11, Jennifer Butcher, long time volunteer at The Cedars received the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Leading Age Maine/New Hampshire Standing Ovation Award ceremony. Here is what they shared about Jenn.

Jennifer first came to The Cedars to visit her grandmother, an Assisted Living resident. It was easy to see that she felt comfortable with and easily related to our residents. Since 2009 and long after her grandmother’s passing, Jennifer has logged over 3/500 hours of service. She has faithfully made the on-hour commute to The Cedars at least two full days each week, and often returns for … Read more here.

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The Cedars Volunteer Receives Award

M Michaelson Award 1High school senior, Michael Michaelson, has been volunteering at The Cedars since he was a freshman at Waynflete. His grandmother used to drive him in to teach our residents how to use their ipads and computers. “When I first interviewed him to volunteer, he was delightful, but I never thought someone starting out so young would volunteer for so long,” shares Janine Fifield, Volunteer Services Coordinator. “And I never imagined he’d make such huge contributions to our community!”

Janine submitted Michael’s name and story to the President’s Volunteer Service Award and was thrilled to find that he was chosen. Over the years, Michael has helped countless residents … Read more here.

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Volunteering at The Cedars

Angie Hunt, Chief Operating Officer; Lynda Mullen, Volunteer; Janine Fifield, Volunteer Coordinator; Sharon Leddy-Smart, Life Enrichment; Nick Viti, OTR/L Life Enrichment.

Angie Hunt, Chief Operating Officer; Lynda Mullen, Volunteer; Janine Fifield, Volunteer Coordinator; Sharon Leddy-Smart, Life Enrichment; Nick Viti, OTR/L Life Enrichment.

Every year, The Cedars has the honor of choosing one volunteer to represent our community as the Volunteer of the Year. With so many volunteers dedicating precious time, compassion and friendship to enrich the lives of our residents and staff – this can be a difficult task!

At our recent volunteer recognition dinner, we were pleased to celebrate … Read more here.

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Volunteering at The Cedars

Young volunteer in retirement houseThe 85 year history of The Cedars as a non-profit is steeped in the tradition of volunteering. In 1927 The Cedars Auxiliary was formed and these dynamic women collected a nickel a week to build The Jewish Home of Aged on Portland’s Munjoy Hill.

Today, volunteering at The Cedars is as important – and robust – as ever. The Cedars has over 70 volunteers who give their time to the residents who live here – and last year graciously contributed over 3200 hours! What do these generous men, women and young adults do at The Cedars? … Read more here.

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Staff Volunteer Spotlight at The Cedars Retirement Community

Mike MorrillMike Morrell has been working at The Cedars for the past 22 years in the Environmental Services and Medical Supplies Departments.  For the past six years, Mike has volunteered his own time to The Cedars through one-on-one visits with our residents, providing assistance with dining on the Neighborhoods, and coming in on Thanksgiving and Christmas to help with the holiday meals. Last year he brought in his young grandson, Harry to join the fun.

Anyone who knows Mike is aware of two things: he has a huge heart and he has a passion for collecting sea glass. “It’s very … Read more here.

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Advocating for Seniors at the State House: The Cedars Steps In

JohnOn March 5, LD 1776: An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Long Term Care Facilities Study Commission received a public hearing before the Committee on Health and Human Services. John Watson, Chief Financial Officer at The Cedars, was one of the presenters.

John was a gubernatorial appointee to the Long Term Care Facilities Study Commission that authored LD 1776 and was recognized for his work and leadership. The Committee concluded Maine must rectify years of chronic underfunding to nursing homes. Rural areas are hardest hit and many are in danger of closing, but even urban facilities are challenged to make ends meet.

The Commission urged the legislature to pass $2 million … Read more here.

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Mary Herman Gives Keynote Address at The Cedars Donors Dinner: Philanthropy is True Leadership

The Cedars 2 Sept 2013

“I’m lucky enough to be a Jewish woman who grew up in a Jewish family … of growing up in the Jewish tradition of caring for others.” – MARY HERMAN

GEMÜTLICHKEIT. A German word for friendship and hospitality, it connotes a natural concern for neighbors. Mary J. Herman uses it often when describing her childhood in Milwaukee, but it could just as easily be used to describe The Cedars Auxiliary’s Donors Dinner on October 10. 

Donors Dinner celebrates the many rich contributions of time and resources members make on behalf of our seniors. Guests enjoy a glass of wine, a delicious … Read more here.

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Pop-Up Holiday Gift Boutique

The Cedars Auxiliary invites you to shop for a good cause!

Thursday, November 14, 4:30 – 7:30pm

Shopping pass includes wine and appetizers: $8 in advance/$12 at the door – All funds benefit The Cedars Auxiliary

More information and purchase tickets HERE

or contact Development at 207-221-7007

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Mary Herman Presents at The Cedars Auxiliary Donors Dinner 2013

Last night, The Cedars Retirement Community welcomed Mary Herman as keynote speaker at The Auxiliary’s Donors Dinner.  Following Rabbi Braun’s invocation Suzie Berzinis, Auxiliary President, introduced Mary who she’s known for many years through the Jewish community and the National Council of Jewish Women. 

Mary shared, with a mixture of humor and humility, the “ten things she learned on the way to growing up.”  Starting from her mother’s example of extensive philanthropy and community service, Mary emphasized the importance of curiosity, the value of listening, keys to presenting yourself as a leader, and even tips for hosting.  But most importantly, she stressed the … Read more here.

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