Instead of recognizing just one outstanding Team Leader this August, we are opting for a three for one special and highlighting an exceptional trio of leaders.
Over the years, Melissa Cohen, Johanna Goldberg, and Sara Robinson have individually and collectively embodied the values of exemplary Team Leaders through their dedication to Thursday’s Art and Arias project at the Riverside Premier Rehab and Healing Center. Not only do these leaders work with diligence, but they develop real connections with the residents. While the project aims to help seniors spark their creativity, having Team Leaders who are as compassionate and caring as Sara, Melissa, and Johanna, makes the experience about more than just art. And best of all, the result is an environment that allows for volunteers and seniors to positively influence one another.
Sara illustrates this project outcome perfectly. “Whenever a volunteer comes back the next week because they want to continue their conversation with a resident, I feel great knowing a connection has been made in the lives of two people who may have thought they had nothing in common!”
While Sara has been volunteering with Art and Arias for the past 7 years, Melissa has previously Co-Team Led Bedtime Stories at Frederick Douglas Center, and Johanna has been a Team Leader for various other projects including an Urban Adventures program with PS 59 K. A few years back, the three decided to tackle the project together and began alternating weeks and leading together to divide and conquer project goals as Co-Team Leaders.
There is no question that Melissa, Johanna, and Sara have greatly impacted and contributed to the success of the Art and Arias program at the Riverside Premier Rehab and Healing Center. So this month (and on every Thursday) we’re sending triple the thanks, for all they’ve done to engage and inspire seniors and volunteers!