Upon being diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Joyce moved to the East Valley from rural Arizona in 2009. She and her family needed help with transportation as her cancer treatment would require radiation five days a week for six weeks. A family member recommended that she contact About Care, a non-profit organization based in Chandler who provides services to homebound seniors and persons with disabilities.
Joyce recalls her About Care volunteer being a God send. “She was so kind and compassionate and always made me feel important. I believe she went above and beyond to make sure that I got to the daily appointments on time, picked up my prescriptions, and even grocery shopped for me.”
As Joyce began to feel better, she took part in a computer program that About Care offered at the time. She learned computer basics, internet, and social media. All have served her well during the pandemic as she stays in touch with friends and family, shops and continues to order groceries on-line.
Following the computer tutoring, Joyce was invited to ride along with an About Care volunteer for a home visit with a client named Rose. As luck would have it, Rose and Joyce became fast friends. With that friendship, Joyce became an About Care Volunteer. Joyce would pick up Rose and drive her to the Gilbert Senior Center for lunch and bingo. Joyce laughed when remembering returning Rose home from those outings. She said, “Rose would always invite me in for a snack and we would nap while watching our favorite movies.”
Joyce has been cancer free for the past twelve years. Although she no longer drives at 81 years-young, she continues to be an About Care volunteer. Joyce is responsible for sending birthday cards to About Care clients. Joyce says, “When I volunteer, I get so much more than I give. I wake up each morning with a purpose that extends beyond my normal daily activities. I feel happy knowing that these cards may encourage or brighten someone’s day.” Joyce’s example just goes to show that you are never too old to volunteer!