The greater Yankton community is fortunate to have many individuals who demonstrate the true spirit of giving through their dedicated service to others. Individuals who put the needs of others before their own, who are caring, compassionate and who have an internal desire to help others.
Loran and Delores Moore, United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton’s November Volunteers of the Month, are great examples!
“Loran and Delores are very active at The Center and are always willing to help with any and all projects,” according to The Center’s Executive Director, Christy Hauer, “No is not in their vocabulary.”
Julie Dykstra, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity added, “Loran has been such a blessing to Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing ministry. Both Loran and Delores have generously given of their time and talents in multiple ways.”
We asked Loran and Delores to tell us a little more about themselves and their volunteer efforts:
We have lived here in the Yankton Area since:
We began volunteering:
Loran began volunteering after retiring in 2016 and Delores in 2017.
We continue volunteering because:
We enjoy doing it, we like the people we work with and help. There is a need for volunteers and it is fun! Most people take shelter and food they are given for granted, but for some children and seniors it isn’t so easy.
We volunteer at (list organizations and duties performed):
The Center – helping deliver meals on wheels, Bingo, evening meals and wherever we are needed.
The Banquet – helping serve nutritious meals to community members every Thursday.
Habitat for Humanity – Loran makes deliveries and picks up items for the Resale Store, and also works on carpentry needed in new housing builds.
Majestic Bluffs – Delores volunteers by helping patients with daily tasks and serves as a daily visitor.
Approximate hours per year that we volunteer:
Over 1,800 hours per year.
Volunteer work is enjoyable because:
We like to help people and doing things to help the community is rewarding to them and for us as well. We get to meet a lot of nice people. Volunteering keeps us active and healthy because we are always moving.
Our best volunteer experience was:
When we first served at The Banquet, it was very rewarding to see children getting a nutritious meal, seeing the smiles on their faces and knowing they have a full belly. When delivering a meal to a homebound senior, it is great to know they too are getting a nutritious meal. Many of the seniors don’t have supports and it’s a joy to visit with them and make sure they are well.
The advice we would give to those thinking about getting out there and volunteering in their communities is:
If you have the time, there is a lot you can do to help someone, and it will help you just as much. Even a little time spent serving others can make a big difference. We would encourage everyone of all ages to consider volunteering. The Yankton community needs you.
To learn more about how you can get involved or to nominate a Volunteer of the Month, please visit www.yanktonunitedway.org/volunteer, email email@example.com or call (605)665-6766.