COVID-19 has impacted all Ovation Communities residents, staff, and volunteers. Since March, as Ovation closed its doors to all outside visitors, our caring, compassionate and dedicated volunteers have contacted me asking what they could do to volunteer remotely.

Due to the pandemic, all businesses have had to adapt and find creative ways of continuing to operate. Our volunteers, with the help of the Jewish Home and Chai Point activity departments, as well as the Adult Day Programs, came up with ways for volunteers to stay engaged through creative ways.

  • Volunteers creating concerts and art shows for residents through Zoom.
  • Pairing Chai Point residents and ReCharge participants with volunteers, a pen-pal program was created through letters, email and phone calls.
  • Through our staff coordinated movie club, residents and volunteers had a chance to view classic movies together through Zoom, followed by discussions about the films and the residents’ lives during the time that the films were made.
  • Volunteers also translated articles for our Russian speaking residents.
    Volunteers created brochures and theme related personal positive packets filled with information, pictures, word games, puzzles art projects, and recipes.

Hand in Hand started a monthly lunch to honor our hard working and dedicated staff. These lunches were sponsored by:

  • Hand in Hand
  • The social action committee of CBINT Milwaukee,
  • Marty and Gail Komisar and BILTRITE Furniture
  • Betsy and Bill Reilly
  • Andy and Bill Komisar

We are so tankful for all the things our volunteers have done to show our residents and staff how much they much they are missed, loved, and appreciated.

To participate in any of our remote volunteer opportunities, or if you have ideas for anything that volunteers, residents and staff could participate in, please contact Beth Draper, Ovation Communities Volunteer Coordinator, at: bdraper@ovation.org  or 414-277-8848.