Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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Arlene Van Hook is named director of volunteer services at Christian Village

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[December 11, 2012]  Arlene Van Hook has been named director of volunteer services at The Christian Village. In her new role, she coordinates the activities of the 150-plus volunteers who serve in the nursing home every month.

Van Hook brings to her new post a wealth of volunteer experience, both at Arlington Countryside Church in Arlington and at Jefferson Street Christian Church in Lincoln.

Van Hook is seeking more volunteers to serve at The Christian Village.

"Volunteers give emotional support to our residents by listening to them and reassuring them when necessary," she said. "Cheering someone up while they're experiencing the trials of poor health can be a very gratifying experience. To get them to crack a smile -- and maybe even laugh -- is a great service. It takes a very little touch to make their day better."

Volunteers of all ages are needed to visit residents, help with activities or provide entertainment, she said. Residents enjoy seeing babies and young children. Older children can read, sing or play games. College students can visit residents while they're home on break.

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Adult volunteers are always welcome, too. Those who volunteer on a regular basis often end up becoming friends with their fellow volunteers, as well as with the residents.

Individuals or groups interested in volunteering at The Christian Village can contact Van Hook at 732-2189.

[Text from file received from Christian Village]

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