Caring Through Carousel Rides: Staff Volunteer With Oak Park Residents

Director of Admissions Kristina Gross rides the carousel with Bob from Oak Park Place.

Director of Admissions Kristina Gross rides the carousel with Bob from Oak Park Place.

What do tasty gelato and carousel rides have to do with community service? Well, for the staff and faculty at Globe University-Madison East, these gelato and carousel rides go hand in hand with volunteering.

Staff and faculty at Globe University are proud to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the students they serve on a daily basis. But on Globe’s annual Community Service Day, they have the chance to move beyond the doors of Globe to show they care for the community as well. Community Service Day is a special day across all Globe University campuses, when Globe closes all campuses and corporate offices for the day so staff and faculty members can serve the community through volunteering.

Staff and faculty escort Oak Park residents around the zoo.

Staff and faculty escort Oak Park residents around the zoo.

This year, Globe University-Madison East partnered with Oak Park Place in Madison to provide two separate outings for Oak Park residents. One group took residents around the Henry Vilas Zoo seeing the animals, the newly opened Arctic Passage, and riding the carousel.

“I really enjoyed taking the seniors from Oak Park to the zoo,” said Veterinary Technology Instructor Brandie Moker. “We had fabulous weather and they were really happy and thankful to be outside for some fresh air!”

The other group of Globe staff walked residents to the newly-opened Metro Market near the Oak Park facilities to enjoy some delicious gelato.

“Taking the memory care residents out into the community for the morning was so

Medical Assistant Instructor Deanna Rego with a resident from Oak Park Place.

Medical Assistant Instructor Deanna Rego with Emie from Oak Park Place.

enjoyable,” said Director of Career Service Elizabeth Disch. “We were informed that this particular group of residents rarely gets out due to the nature of their care, but due to the large number of volunteers in our group it was possible. I’m not sure who enjoyed it more – the residents or us!”

“Our outing with the residents gave me a strong sense of gratitude,” said Instructor Di Carey. “I was grateful that as a result of Community Service Day we were able to make an impact on the lives of the residents by giving them a change of scenery. By providing the opportunity for those residents to be outside on such a beautiful day, I feel like we helped boost their wellness on many levels. I think it would be great to do this again.”

Oak Park Place provides quality senior care and services for residents through a continuum of care. They strive to create a community committed to an active and enjoyable lifestyle focused on wellness. Globe staff and faculty look forward to partnering with Oak Park more on future outings or volunteer opportunities.