Volunteer Story

Make a Friend, Be a Friend!

Bob Ziegeweid recently reached out to Hammer, offering to volunteer again after his wife Judith had passed in 2014 and Bob had just retired. He asked us, “What is your greatest volunteer need?” The answer is simple: We need one-on-one volunteers; people who would reach out to an individual we support, who had mutual interests with that individual, and spend time with them. This could be as simple as going for a cup of coffee, seeing a movie, or playing cards. Bob decided he would like to become a one-on-one volunteer. After careful consideration, Bob was matched with John T. at Zealand.

One favorite activity Bob and John like is cooking dinner together. After grocery shopping, they go to Bob’s house and make a meal consisting of hamburgers, baked beans, and sponge cake topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Bob says he doesn’t feel like a volunteer, he is John’s friend. He looks forward to seeing John each week and spending time together, and have a lot of fun. 

Bob wanted other potential volunteers to know that, “One-on-one volunteering will be the most rewarding time you will spend all week.”

If you would like to make a difference in someone else’s life as well as your own, then Make a Friend, Be a Friend, and contact Cathy Thoma at cthoma@ hammer.org.