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Volunteers from WVU-P reach out to seniors

Volunteers made a basket to deliver to the residents of Mid- Ohio Valley Nursing Home and Cedar Grove Assisted Living. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Volunteers with West Virginia University at Parkersburg have come together to help brighten up the days of residents at Mid- Ohio Valley Nursing Home and Cedar Grove Assisted Living.

“Right now we have around 30 volunteers that have been connected with a resident,” said WVU-P President Dr. Chris Gilmer.

Gilmer said they only know the residents’ first names, and he was put in contact with a lady named Bernice.

“We talk a couple times a week about everyday topics,” said Gilmer.

Senta Goudy, with the college’s Center for Weekly Engagement, had the idea.

Dr. Chris Gilmer, president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg, colors a photo for his adopted grandparent, Bernice. (Photo Provided)

“I saw different posts on social media where residents were reaching out to family at home or about those who had no one to talk to,” she said.

Goudy said this idea was a way to help lift the spirits of those in isolation.

“Some of them like to talk about their pasts, days and feelings, it is important for them to have outside contact and feel heard,” said Gilmer.

Volunteers have been writing letters and making pictures for their adopted grandparent.

Goudy said the two nursing homes do a lot for the college community and she is glad for the opportunity to help them and show thanks to their residents.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

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