I volunteer because it’s a good thing to do. It’s the right thing to do.
Ray Day loves ice cream sandwiches. Not the kind in a box though, he likes to make his own from scratch. He makes them primarily for Capital Caring Adler Home, a palliative care and hospice home, dropping off two bags twice per month. Ray and his family do admit to an occasional quality control sampling.
After a career in the Information Technology field, Ray retired two years ago and increased his volunteering because his wife Mary wanted him out of the house, he says with a laugh.
“More seriously though, I knew I had the time and talent to help others and it’s better to give back to people than sit around the house all day,” said Ray.
What began as a fun hobby dropping off ice cream at the Adler Home, soon grew into more. He now helps build gift baskets and packages and delivers them to hospice patients in care facilities through the Capital Caring organization. He says it is always heartwarming when he can put a smile on a person’s face and ice cream and gifts are a good way to do that.
“I don’t volunteer to get a pat on the back,” said Ray. “I do it because it’s a good thing to do. It’s the right thing to do.”
Cabot found Ray through our Reward Volunteers program, which awards prizes to volunteers who log their time online. A volunteer coordinator at Capital Caring shared the program with Ray and he has been logging time since.
In addition to his work with Capital Caring, Ray also gives his time as a chain crew official at high school football games, organizes a 5K race in his neighborhood, and works the information desk at Dulles International Airport.
Ray and his wife Mary, who will be joining him on the cruise, enjoy staying active, reading, cooking, and following their favorite sports teams!