Helen McVickers, board president and CFO of When HELP Can’t Wait, is quick to praise Janice Morrison, her top volunteer.
The agency’s mission to improve the quality of life for nursing home residents in the area dovetails nicely with Morrison’s personal mission.
“I have several elderly neighbors that I look out for,” said Morrison.
“Her most beneficial asset is her dependability,” said McVickers. “She is always here for us.”
The agency holds silent auctions and dinners and has a yard sale on the first Saturday of each month. Designer clothing is sold through the Woman’s Boutique.
“Every time we do anything, Janice is there,” said McVickers. “She is our event coordinator.”
Officially, Morrison volunteers for four hours a week, but according to McVickers, that doesn’t begin to cover her contribution to the agency.
“I help with the yard sale every first Saturday,” said Morrison. “Fourth of July is coming up so we try to go with a theme for each month to help sell clothes.”
“She knows about everything we do and she can step in and help in any area,” said McVickers.
“When an elderly person moves into a nursing home they are given two clean sheets and a bed, said McVickers. “There are no pictures on the wall, no toiletries or deodorant or clothing.
“More than half the residents don’t have family support.”
That’s where Morrison comes in. As donations are dropped off at the agency Morrison identifies the items that can be given directly to nursing home residents and those that can be sold through their shop, The Classy Closet, or on Ebay.
Being able to recognize valuable items is a real asset.
“I just sold $80 worth of dishes today on eBay that Janice identified for us,” said McVickers.
An area designated Janice’s Corner contains all the high-end décor items that can’t be placed in nursing home rooms because they are breakable. They are sold to raise money for necessities for the
Retirement from Georgia Regents Medical Center, where she worked in the radiology transcription department, gave Morrison the time to volunteer.
“I recently retired from the Medical College and I was looking for something to fill my time,” said Morrison. “ I had read about this organization and just stopped by to see if I could help.”
The agency is currently looking for volunteers to sort donations, stock and maintain shelves, answer the phones and greet guests. They also need someone to help with their library, deliver clothes to nursing homes and a spa specialists to do hand massages.