Care Links, a program of CAPTAIN Community Human Services, is proud to be celebrating our 25th year of service to seniors in Southern Saratoga County! At Care Links, we strive to make it possible for seniors in the community to live active lives in their own homes by connecting seniors with dedicated volunteers who provide services such as transportation, friendly visits, shopping and errands, and more.
We’ve been incredibly lucky to have Gabrielle Ashley as one of our wonderful volunteers. Gabrielle a married, retired social worker (her concentration was in geriatric services) is relatively new as a Care Links volunteer. She enjoys people, working out with her husband and has a passion for helping others.
We asked Gabrielle to share in her own words about her experience in making a difference in the lives of those she encounters through the Care Links program.
What made you decide to volunteer with Care Links?
“I was an intern for the Care Links program years ago when working on my Master’s Degree. I missed working with and helping older people. I believe that the older generation is often overlooked and I felt there was a need and I wanted to help them. That’s all.”
What have you personally gained through your experience with Care Links, what have you enjoyed the most?
“Satisfaction, Joy and Friendship. I love speaking to the elderly about their lives. I like making them happy, bringing them treats and surprises, it feels good to have it done for me and doing something for others that brings me great joy.”
How do you make the most out of your experience with the seniors you come in contact with?
“I try and make it enjoyable with a friendly and upbeat attitude, a real and caring interaction.”
What advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering with the Care Links program?
“Please join… it is a two-way street of a rewarding experience. Just Do It…”
NOTICE: Per updated CDC guidelines, all staff, volunteers, and visitors to CAPTAIN CHS's offices are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. (Updated 08-02-21)