Judson Residents Volunteer Their Time and Talent

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week (April 23 to 29) is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community. Their stories can serve to inspire others to find ways to take action that creates change. Judson salutes the individuals who volunteer at our communities, as well as residents who continue to volunteer out in the community for various organizations and causes.

Residents at all three of Judson’s retirement communities have a passion for giving back to the greater community.  They seek opportunities to volunteer their time and talent both at Judson and for organizations and causes in the community near and dear to their hearts.  Here are some of their stories.  Perhaps they’ll inspire you to give back and volunteer!

Peter Pesch – Wild about the Natural History Museum

Peter Pesch has volunteered at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for over 10 years.  Now living at Judson Manor with his wife, Donna, he is within walking distance of the Museum, where on Saturdays he teaches visitors about the animals in the Museum’s wildlife center. It’s a natural fit for Peter, who taught astronomy for many years at Case Western Reserve University. See more in the video below!

Leonard Trawick – Spotlighting Local Artists

Judson Park resident Leonard Trawick understands the importance of offering local artists a platform to expose their work to new audiences. As an artist himself, he puts this philosophy into action as the chair of the Howson Gallery committee at Judson Park. The small but mighty space exhibits six shows per year on average, featuring work that spans a variety of media. It’s worth noting that the gallery committee is one of many, in-house, that residents may choose to join to shape the programming of the community they call home.  Hear Leonard talk about the Howson Gallery in the video below:

Leonard leads a committee of fellow art-loving residents who network with other artists and gallery proprietors to gather ideas for future shows.  Admission to the Howson Gallery is free and open to the public.  In fact, the opening receptions are true social events that welcome a rich cross-section of residents and guest from the outside community.  Read more about Leonard

Literacy Tutors – Encouraging a Love of Reading

A small group of residents from Judson’s South Franklin Circle community in Chagrin Falls mentor youngsters in reading at nearby Timmons Elementary School.  Students are paired with one volunteer mentor for the duration of the school year. Student and mentor then look forward to spending 30 minutes together every Wednesday morning in the Timmons library, pouring over a book at a pint-sized table. The student reads aloud while his or her mentor offers support, encouragement and the occasional assist with definitions, pronunciations and other literary puzzlements.  Read more about the Literacy Tutors.

Interested in volunteer opportunities in the Greater Cleveland Area?  Greater Cleveland Volunteers is a great place to start!

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