Estevan Regional Nursing Home Auxiliary is one of the many recipients of the funds raised at The United Way Telethon every year. Rhonda Olver has worked with Estevan Regional Nursing Home Auxiliary for 23 years and is currently a recreational worker and the President of the Estevan Regional Nursing Home Ladies Auxiliary and shares why the United Way is so important to them.
"We use the funds from the united way for programming for the residents at Estevan Regional Nursing Home, we are a large facility here in Estevan we've been here for many, many years. Every dollar makes a difference every day for our residents. It enhances lives, we use the money for things like the Smile Van to go on outings, shopping or out to the golf course for lunch and in the winter time we do a twinkle tours with the residents around the city. By providing the funding for the Smile Van trips we get the residents out of here to go be apart of the community. The community plays a huge role in the residents' lives and we are thankful to the Smile Van and the dollars that enable us to do that. We use the money in house for programming, supplies and resources. Some of the programs the money is used for are Bingo, crafts, birthday parties, entertainment and a lot more."
Olver shares that if they did not receive the funding they do from the United Way, they would have to find ways to raise the money and take away time from the staff members, who take the time putting on programs, so it would harm the residents.
"The Telethon is huge for our residents so many of them have great memories of the telethon and are excited for it because it brings together the community its an event of unity. it encourages the residents because they see the young people caring the torches and it brings back memories from when they were involved. they love to watch the children and so many of them have grandchildren in it. it's a legacy i thing and Estevan has a community of people with big hearts our residents have an attitude of gratitude."
Olver shares that they will be in the United Way Telethon on Friday the 26th at 9:30 in the morning. She would like to thank the United Way for all their support and all the support from the community to the United Way as they would not be able to do all that they do for their residents everyday if it wasn't for all the support.