Sally Nazelrod says she will strive to share her love of volunteering and her experience with wellness programs when she addresses Pickersgill Retirement Community on April 16 for its volunteer luncheon.
Nazelrod, the health and physical education coordinator for Baltimore County Public Schools, will headline the Towson, Md., continuing care retirement community’s April 16 luncheon at 1 p.m. She plans to deliver an opening speech titled “The Wellness Star” to volunteers being honored for their service at the event.
“The speech is titled The Wellness Star after the five components of wellness,” Nazelrod said. “Wellness is an overall sense of feeling good. It’s an overall feeling in the body, mind and spirit that you are at your best.”
The five components of wellness (physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual) are key to Nazelrod’s positive attitude toward volunteering and helping others.
“I always tell people that when you are volunteering, if you are having a bad day you need to leave it in the trunk of your car,” Nazelrod said. “Volunteers are in a position to really make a difference in someone’s life.”
Everyone who will attend the luncheon will be honored for their work at Pickersgill. The volunteers perform a variety of services such as assisting with activities, working in the gift shop, helping in the office, entertaining residents, helping to transport residents to activities or church services, sewing for residents, taking care of pets, and many more tasks.
Pickersgill Retirement Community volunteers are often in direct contact with residents, which Nazelrod says is one of the most important aspects of volunteering in a community like Pickersgill. When volunteers arrive at Pickersgill, they often work one-on-one with residents to guarantee the utmost care and attention.
“Volunteers can come into a room and light up someone’s life,” Nazelrod said. “When a person sees that someone cares, it can be the most positive influence of all.”
Nazelrod often combines her passion for promoting wellness and helping others. Along with her job in Baltimore County Public Schools, which enabled her to write the physical activity component of the curriculum for the schools in Baltimore County, she is also involved in obesity and nutrition committees.
According to Nazelrod, volunteering is not just rewarding for those being helped. The volunteers themselves also gain an opportunity to learn and grow.
“When you volunteer and discuss aspects of wellness, whether it be personal wellness or spiritual wellness, you can also learn about yourself,” Nazelrod said. “The best part of volunteering is a positive outcome for everyone involved.”
Pickersgill Retirement Community is a nonprofit retirement community nestled among dogwoods on a beautiful campus in Towson, Md. Pickersgill has a tradition of excellence, and a rich history. Founded, and named after former board member Mary Pickersgill—the seamstress who inspired “The Star Spangled Banner” with her flag that waved over Fort McHenry—Pickersgill is the rare community that can claim it has dutifully served generations of seniors in the Baltimore area for more than 200 years. To find out more about our community, check out our website, find us on Facebook, or give us a call at 410-825-7423.