By Christine Vinciguerra for The Island Connection
Sandy Groetsch spent most of her career coordinating volunteer services for various organizations, but now she is giving back through her own volunteer work with Respite Care Charleston. She was born and raised in New Orleans before moving to Cincinnati, Ohio. While living in Cincinnati, she worked as the Coordinator of Volunteer Services at the Children’s Hospital. Later, Sandy worked at Mercy Hospital in the same position. In 1996, she retired but remained in Cincinnati for her husband’s job. After visiting Charleston several times for vacation, Groetsch and her husband purchased a cottage house on Seabrook Island. She said, “The first time I visited Charleston, I fell in love with it since it reminded me of New Orleans.” While their main residence was still in Cincinnati, they visited their home on Seabrook as often as possible. In 2006, Groetsch and her husband moved to Hollywood, SC after living in Cincinnati for thirty-five years.
After her move to Hollywood, Groetsch was introduced to Respite Care Charleston by a friend of hers. Both her mother and sister struggled with dementia so she says, “It is a cause close to my heart!” She volunteers once a week as a program volunteer, which involves spending time with the participants, assisting in meal preparation, and helping with participants’ art projects.
Groetsch’s favorite part of volunteering with Respite Care Charleston is, “interacting with the participants and hopefully making a difference in their lives!” When she is not volunteering with RCC, she enjoys decorating as well as spending time with her ten grandchildren.
Respite Care Charleston is a non-profit organization committed to serving families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Social day programs for individuals with dementia are held each Tuesday and Thursday in Walton Hall at St. John’s Parish Church. For more information about volunteering with RCC, please contact Christine Vinciguerra at email@example.com.