Volunteer service celebrated at The Fountains

Volunteers and residents were cutting a rug at The Fountains of Millbrook on Wednesday, April 24, during the annual celebration of their talents and contributions to the senior community. Entertainment was provided by Frankie Keene.

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Volunteer service celebrated at The Fountains

MILLBROOK — More than 50 volunteers were celebrated at an annual recognition party held at The Fountains of Millbrook on Wednesday, April 24.

There were gift bags for each volunteer, along with an array of mid-afternoon refreshments, and just as important, there was dancing to the beat provided by resident-favorite musician Frankie Keene. The place was hopping to oldie-but-goodie sounds, including ballads, rock ‘n roll and even some Latin rhythms.

It was hard to keep from dancing, or at least toe-tapping. As soon as the music began, so did exuberant dancing as enthusiastic volunteers encouraged others to join in.

Lisa Rieckermann, Community Life Director at The Fountains, noted that during the pandemic, the volunteers fell away, but now, their numbers have expanded well.

Volunteers offer a variety of talents, including canine therapy, art tours, digital literacy, arts, plant maintenance or rejuvenation as needed, and even equine visits.

Kelly Lattin of the equine program said that residents enjoy pony visits that prove to be a benefit in promoting community, and in the process reducing stress just pleasing people.

Two student interns were contributing to the event, both freshmen at Dutchess Community College, enrolled in Community Health coursework.

“This is one of the nicest places,” said Riley Gemmel, one of the interns, adding that she finds more opportunity at The Fountains.

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