Volunteering has long been second nature for Joyce Plaxen. The author of Adapt My World, a handbook that features “simple activity adaptations for people with developmental disabilities” Joyce has a palpable passion for bringing out the best in everyone, regardless of ability. This passion also shines through her involvement in Special Olympics of Montgomery County.
As Volunteer Maryland Coordinator with Olney Home For Life, Joyce will recruit volunteers to provide transportation for Olney-area residents who are aging in place. About the need for such volunteers, Joyce observes, “Looking forward, the needs of aging seniors will grow to numbers we haven’t seen before. Aging in place will be more important than ever. This movement will not be just about transportation, but the need to make modifications to the home and adaptations will be imperative to keep the aging seniors in their homes.
“In my past work and service experiences, I have made a difference in the life of a person who was born with special needs. In the role of the Volunteer Maryland Coordinator with Olney Home For Life, I am looking to make a difference in the life of an aging senior, to ensure their independence, while holding on to their dignity.”