Amanda Deaton, a gift planning coordinator with University Advancement, said this is her first Day of Caring on the giving side; she staffed a carnival at the Jefferson Area Board for Aging for about 30 senior citizens and 30 preschoolers. Deaton had worked for years with a non-profit child care operation in Staunton, where Day of Caring volunteers would paint, clean and do landscaping work.
“This is my first year on this side,” Deaton said. “I think it’s fantastic to be able to give back.”
Since Deaton has had experience working with children, the JABA carnival is a natural for her. “I love being able to bring joy to others, especially senior adults and children,” she said. “The children really enjoy it when the adults have fun with them.”
JABA offers services for both senior citizens and children. The carnival brought both groups together for activities including face painting, bean-bag toss games and eating popcorn and cotton candy.
Jean Bourbeau, manager of the JABA’s Hillsdale Drive facility, said the carnival “takes an army to organize.”
“This is a wonderful service,” she said. “We have been doing this for several years and several different departments from the University have helped with it.”
Having the volunteers helps the organization make people in the community aware of what JABA does.
“We have a child care center and an adult care center,” Bourbeau said. “People get to know about what we can do and some volunteers come back, which is good because sometimes it is difficult to get people to help.”
She said a group of volunteers from the Darden School of Business comes every December and helps trim the Christmas tree and sing carols. Read More…