Couple Shares Time, Talent and Treasure at Waveny
Posted on March 24, 2009
Dr. Charles Crown regularly provides entertainment on a volunteer basis to social hour audiences at Waveny Care Center.
Pat Crown, now retired from Town Hall’s department of Human Services, works specifically with Care Center residents like Joe Herlihy (pictured) to develop computer, internet and email capabilities to facilitate long-distance communication with family members.
New Canaan – At the heart of any not-for-profit organization are its volunteers. Recently, Waveny Care Network has been fortunate to count a local couple with a unique history and connection to the healthcare organization among its volunteer base of more than 600 individuals.
“There is a lot of talent to draw from in this town,” said Pat Crown, who serves as an active volunteer at Waveny alongside her husband Dr. Charles Crown. With decades of service to the Care Center in an active medical staff role, and known to generations of New Canaanites as their devoted local physician, Dr. Crown’s volunteerism at Waveny these days showcases a very different dimension of his talent.
“He’s been playing the piano since he was a child,” said Mrs. Crown, who recently re-introduced her husband to Waveny service in a non-medical capacity.
Although the majority of her volunteer hours are spent assisting Care Center residents on the computer, lately Mrs. Crown has also adopted the role of hostess while her husband delights patients and residents at the Care Center with piano performances during social hour gatherings. “Music touches the soul,” said Dr. Crown. “And, it’s so uplifting to see the positive reactions from the patients and residents.”
“It’s what a social hour should be,” said Sandie Malloy, director of volunteers at Waveny, in describing Dr. Crown’s spirited performances and wide array of pieces from the 1930s and 40s. “It’s wonderful to see one of the local community’s most recognized medical personalities serving Waveny in an entirely different way.”
While the couple devotes their volunteer time and energy in different capacities at Waveny, they share an enthusiasm and passion for their work, “This work is indescribably fulfilling and just as rewarding to us as it is to those we serve,” said Mrs. Crown. “I would encourage anyone and everyone to get involved in one or more of the volunteer opportunities available within our community. There is a fit for every talent and a need for every moment of volunteer time.”
For more information about volunteer opportunities at Waveny Care Network, contact Sandie Malloy at 594-5334 or [email protected]
Waveny Care Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at New Canaan Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24-hour coverage, an Adult Day Program available six days a week with flexible hours and transportation from New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Darien and Wilton, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite and hospice care programs at The Village and Care Center. For more information call (203) 594-5200 or visit www.waveny.org.