Congrats to VITAS Hospice – Orange County for being honored as an outstanding community volunteers!
Team Members: Megan Julienne and Sherrie Montgomery
Nominating Organization: Acacia Adult Day Services
Honoree Category: Health
Why Nominated: Those who love to garden know what a therapeutic activity it can be, working the soil, planting seeds, watering and ultimately growing something to be enjoyed. What a tremendous gift Megan Julienne and Sherrie Montgomery have bestowed upon Acacia Adult Day Services. Both ladies work for VITAS Hospice in Orange County. Sherrie, Director of Marketing Development and Megan, Community Liaison, stopped by for a tour and spotted Acacia’s participant garden. Having her own organic garden, Megan recognized an opportunity to help. Both she and Sherrie offered their services to adopt our garden and provide a very special weekly activity to the participants in our dementia care program. They started volunteering in November 2013 and every Wednesday morning they are here with their green thumbs and planned activity for the week. The garden in raised planter beds is now growing cabbage, radishes, rhubarb, mint, oregano, basil, kale and the list goes on. The participants especially love the cooking and tasting activities that have included Bruschetta topped with seasoned kale, fresh kale chips and pasta with homemade pesto which was a favorite. Megan and Sherrie provide all the supplies, including plants, flowers, and vegetables needed for the garden activities and call this their favorite part of the week. The medical director of Vitas, Dr. Chalat Rajarm even joined in, writing a poem named “For the Gardeners at Acacia” that he presented to the participants. They are definitely providing a gift that keeps growing and giving. We are so proud and privileged to have this wonderful community partnership with Vitas Hospice.
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