The little things mean a lot
Local nonprofit helps fill needs at care facility
By Paige Grzenia
ALGOMA – Friends of Algoma Long Term Care is a nonprofit that works to show appreciation for the staff and residents at the Waterfall Health of Algoma facility — formerly called Algoma Long Term Care — through fundraising and volunteering.
“We are a committee that does fundraising, so we can provide ‘extras’ for staff and residents of the Algoma Long Term Care Unit. We feel our staff is the best around, and we like to do little things for them in appreciation of all they do. We do things like provide gifts or treats or lunches, etc., for staff. We also like to do things for the residents,” said Friends member, Marge Rodrian.
“One of our bigger purchases a couple years ago was a swing for our courtyard that wheelchairs can access. With Christmas on the horizon, we will be providing funding for residents to send Christmas cards with a nice picture of themselves to family members. And we will sponsor food and beverage for residents hosting their families that are visiting Christmas Day. Some of the recent fundraising we’ve done has been food sales, rummage sales, and Seroogy candy sales.”
Other things that the Friends of Algoma Long Term Care has done include: treats for the staff during Housekeeper Appreciation Week and CNA Appreciation Week, happy hour for the residents, partnering with the activity department to sponsor a craft and using funding to purchase lift facility needs for the residents.
“We were formed about seven years ago, and at the time, the Algoma Long Term was owned by the city. And the board of directors thought it’d be really nice to have a subcommittee that would help with some of the extras. Some of the extra things that perhaps the facility couldn’t afford, or the facility didn’t have time to do. So, a few of us board members joined this subcommittee and we got some community members to join us as well,” Rodrian added.
Rodrian said the reason she got involved with this organization was because she “was on the board of directors when it was city owned” and “could see how tight things were financially, and how we oftentimes weren’t able to do some of these extras. We appreciated our staff, and we appreciated our residents, but financially we couldn’t do everything we wanted to do.”
She said that she was “very enthused when this committee was proposed that we could do some of the extra things and show our appreciation…everyone that is on the committee has a deep tie to the Algoma Nursing Home. Either we had a loved one there or a friend there, and we know how much it is needed in our community.
“My mother was there for eight years, and I saw that staff take wonderful care of her and go above and beyond, and as we all know, health care workers oftentimes aren’t paid as much as they’re worth because they are worth a million dollars. So, all of us on the committee have a have a deep connection of some sort where we really want to help out and show our appreciation to staff as well as our residents.”
If you would like to help, contact Rodrian at [email protected].