Veterans Home Volunteer Committee brings comfort to patients and families

Martha Jacob – News Democrat
The Ohio Veterans Home in Georgetown first opened its doors in 2003 offering 168 beds for nursing home care.
The home offers two levels of care, veterans who are in need of any intermediate level of care and special care for veterans with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
Approximately 11 years ago, the Southern Ohio Veteran’s Home Volunteer Committee was established by a group of people who were interested in the welfare of the veterans residing at the Georgetown home.
“Our group of volunteers help with writing letters, taking the residents on walks around the walking path, reading to them, playing cards or checkers, going on dinner, shopping, baseball fishing or any other kind of outing that the residents want, “ said Sherry Bingamon, a volunteer with the organization.
“But there is always a need for more volunteers.”
In addition to all those mentioned activities, the volunteers raise money throughout the year by taking care of all vending machines and the gift shop at the home.
All the money collected from these endeavors go back to the residents with various items that they might need, whether it is medical equipment or personal items.
“There are no administrative costs coming out of any of the funds that our committee receives,” Bingamon said. “So everything is for our veterans.
“Our committee recently held its first craft fair at the veteran’s home which was an all new experience for us, and the vendors were thrilled with all the traffic, we’ll definitely be doing it again.”
Because the group is a 501C-3 organization and all money charged for the vendors is considered a donation which the vendors can deduct from their income tax returns.
“The General public is encouraged to come and visit,” she said, “and if they have never visited the home, I believe they will be pleasantly surprised at the way the home is maintained and the quality of care the residents receive.
“Currently, we have only one big fund raiser a year, which is a golf outing at the White Oak Golf Course on Tri-County Highway. Again, all monies received from the event go directly to our residents.
The golf outing is usually the second Saturday in September, but this year it will be the last Saturday in August.”
The golf outing is an 18 hole scramble, with drinks, hot dogs, burgers provided at lunch and a dinner when the golfers have completed their rounds. Tee off time is 1 p.m. and everyone has always had a good time according to Bingamon.
“I can’t say enough about our volunteers,” she said, “we have one volunteer who comes and spends an entire day just ironing and mending clothes for the residents. We have several who volunteer in the gift shop sometimes 20 hours a week.
“Then we have the gentlemen who care and stock for our vending machines that volunteers up to 20 hours a week for all three. We are always in need for more volunteers for help with these endeavors.
“We also have volunteers who come in and sing with our veterans, serve communion and hold church services. Our residents as well as the staff truly appreciate everything that the volunteers do and work with us constantly.
To learn more about the Volunteer Committee at the Ohio Veterans Home, please contact Bingamon at (937) 378-2900. The Home is located at 2003 Veterans Blvd in Georgetown.