Kacie Kleja plays a mean game of bingo. And while she’s at it, she’s giving seniors the valuable gift of human connection.
Kacie is a natural connector, and for the past three years, she’s been meeting new people and deepening relationships through service. Her regular commitment to Game Night, which takes place at Bordeaux Hospital, and Bingo Party at J.B. Knowles has become part of who she is, and she’s loved every moment.
Her service passion started in 2008, when a Hands On Nashville representative spoke to a group of HCA employees at the annual Caring for the Community Campaign. “It sparked my interest in finding additional volunteer opportunities in Nashville,” she comments, “and I was easily able to find project matches through the Hands On Nashville website.”
From there, she found her volunteering niche through playing bingo with senior citizens. At each project, Kacie takes time to engage with new people – her favorite part of service. “The residents look forward to having a night of fun and conversation,” she says. She also notes that both Bingo and Game Night “are great interactive activities with the people that live there. For some of the residents, it is truly the only interaction that they have. On multiple occasions I have had [residents] tell me that they wait all month for the activity. They are so appreciative of the volunteers.”
Kacie and the other volunteers have added so much value to the residents’ lives.
If you’re looking for a similar regular volunteer opportunity, Kacie recommends checking out the Hands On Nashville website and seeing which opportunities look intriguing. “There are a lot of projects that do not require a specific skill set, which makes it very easy to find a project match!”
Thanks to Kacie for her enthusiasm and commitment to providing companionship and valuable activities for our community’s senior citizens. Interested in joining her? Bingo Party at J.B. Knowles occurs on the third Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Game Night occurs on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m.