The Volunteer Services Department at Tel Hai is shining the volunteer spotlight on two generations of the Brinton family this month.
Janet Brinton moved to the Tel Hai campus in 2004 but had begun volunteering there in 1998. At that time she invested her time and energy serving residents in the Adult Day Services program. Her daughter-in-law, Kristie, was working in Dining Services on campus and granddaughter Jamie was a toddler in the Tel Hai child day care program. Although Jamie doesn’t recall those days, Mom-Mom does!
Janet added, “I used to delight in peeking through the curtain into the Child Day Care room to watch Jamie. I loved to watch her when she didn’t know I was watching.”At that time Janet could watch Jamie while volunteering because both day programs were located next to each other.
Janet actively serves in many ways at Tel Hai. Accepting donations for the Re-Sale Shop also requires that she organize, price and display the donated items. On Re-Sale Shop Days, she works the cash register. Janet readily admits the Re-Sale Shop occupies most of her volunteer time, but she maintains an active role as an on-call delivery person for the Meals-on-Wheels program (with meals supplied by the Tel Hai kitchen) and continues to volunteer every Friday in the Adult Day program.
Janet brings cheer to neighbors as a Friendly Visitor and welcomes new residents as a part of the Welcome Committee. She can be found offering a warm smile at the front desk in the community center as she greets residents and visitors, answers questions and helps folks find their way. As a member of the Flower Committee, Janet also helps to maintain beautiful flower gardens on the Tel Hai grounds. Sometimes you will find her driving the community shuttle on campus or serving as a pool monitor. She thrives on keeping busy and helping others. In the past that has included serving on the Tel Haven resident council. Her greatest joy is working with others.
Janet’s volunteering also takes her beyond Tel Hai. She enjoys helping serve dinner at the Shepherd’s Kitchen—a monthly meal program located in the Honey Brook Presbyterian Church.
Her happiest times are when Janet can work beside her granddaughter, Jamie. Jamie has been a Summer Youth Volunteer at Tel Hai for three years but even before that she came and volunteered in the Adult Day program with Janet. As a Summer Youth Volunteer, Jamie worked in Child Day Care and for Dining Services. Jamie especially enjoyed volunteering in the café and working at the cash register. When asked how volunteering at Tel Hai has helped her grow and know what she wants out of life, Jamie replied, “I learned that I like to work around people. I like to help people. I might end up doing something to help people—like become a doctor.”
The Volunteer Services Department shines the “volunteer spotlight” on Janet and Jamie Brinton for showing us how we can give care and time to others and be enriched by our service.