Brenda Forman received the 2020 Senior Adult Volunteer of the Year Award from the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA) in recognition of her volunteer service at The Maplewood.
Brenda has volunteered at The Maplewood for more than 14 years. She first became connected with the Maplewood through relatives who were residents at the facility. She would come to visit every day and when they passed away, she continued to come as a volunteer. Prior to the pandemic, Brenda typically spent three days a week at Maplewood, bringing along Mocha, her pet Pomeranian. Brenda dresses Mocha in different outfits, which adds to the delight of seeing the duo. Together they would spend time visiting with residents. In addition to visiting, Brenda assisted with transporting residents to meals and activities. She has also served as an integral helper with the resident chorus, bringing members to and from the activity, putting together song books, turning pages and helping with concerts. And, for many years, she worked on the Annual holiday craft show and bazaar, running errands, lending a hand on the floor and taking many residents shopping at the two-day event.
Even though the duo can’t come into our facility right now, Brenda stays connected to residents with phone calls, window visits (with Mocha, of course) and helping her husband, Steve, with weekly video concerts.
“Brenda’s commitment and dedication to our residents is greatly appreciated,” said Gregory Chambery, administrator of The Maplewood Nursing & Rehabilitation. “Her volunteerism is truly exemplary and deserving of this prestigious award from NYSHFA/NYSCAL.”
Brenda came to Maplewood recently to accept her award. She was then surprised by fellow volunteers who cheered and gave her flowers and balloons. She also found a huge Yard Sign at her home from Maplewood to make the day special.
For over 14 years, with her helpful hand, listening ear and caring heart, Brenda has brightened the lives of residents, families, staff and other volunteers.
Thank you Brenda and Mocha!