SSP Volunteer


April 12, 2024

Pebbles from President Rebecca Dunaway


Volunteering for the Stone Soup Project is an opportunity to give to others. In my experience it oftentimes seems like I am the recipient.


Recently there were two such experiences.


We were at a place we go to on the 4th Monday of each month. There is a regular gentleman who is always waiting for us and eager to catch up with Don and asks about every volunteer he has ever encountered and how and what they are doing.


He wasn’t there last month because of an illness and was not going to come this month for the same reason. Don suggested the receptionist call his room and let him know we were asking about him. A few minutes later he showed up. He was anxious because he couldn’t lay on the table and needed to sit in a chair. He felt awkward because of his health condition and started to talk about it and why he didn’t want to come out of his room for any of the functions. He came out of his room on this night because of his relationship with Don and the Stone Soup Project.


There were three of us available at that moment to share Reiki with this gentleman. Once the session started the most amazing thing happened. It was a cloudy-ish day (it is Ohio after all) and suddenly this bright ray of sunlight came through the windows and shone directly on him.  Mostly on his chest and belly (the area of his health issue.) Not anywhere else in the room. The sunbeam was focused on him. He asked afterwards if we noticed it, too. We did and he began chatting like his normal self.


Meanwhile another regular came in. She had been going through a particularly awkward time and started sharing a bit and how she was losing faith because her church wasn’t supportive of her lifestyle. She got on the table and closed her eyes and not more than 5 minutes into the Reiki session the sun was shining on her. She was on the other side of the room and again that was the only place in the room where the sun was shining. Directly on her. When we were finished she said “I could feel the sun shining on me. I feel lighter. It makes me feel like I am valued and appreciated when you guys come here.”


So – it is Ohio, and the sun does whatever it pleases, mostly hiding behind clouds. But is it possible that it can shine on someone in need at just the right time to add to the Reiki session giving additional encouragement in a setting that is full of people who have had some awkward times?


For me and my heart, I believe it can and does encourage us to remember that just by showing up without attachment to the outcome beautiful and magical moments can be experienced by everyone. Benefiting both the giver and receiver and sometimes I’m not so sure who’s who? Are we the recipients or the givers? Are we all the recipients when we have a shared experience?


If you haven’t volunteered recently or not at all, consider coming to one of the opportunities available and experience for yourself the many gifts of Stone Soup Project.

YWCA Wellness Fair

Heather Dunn provided Reiki at the March 27 event.

Rebecca Dunaway offered Heart Math meditation prior to Reiki.

Karen Bader welcomed clients and provided info about SSP

Audra Minter supported a client who had recently hurt her wrist

How volunteers felt after helping clients at YWCA. Fabulous!

Double joy: CranioSacral Therapy from Linda Haley plus Reiki from Carol Rein.

Upcoming Stone Soup Events

  • Monday, April 22, 5:30-7:30 pm, NCR Commons on Livingston Avenue
  • Thursday, May 2, 10 am-1 pm, VA Hospital
  • Wednesday, May 8, 12-4 pm, Mid-Ohio Food Collective
  • Monday, May 13, 5:30-7 pm, Wexner Village Residents
Sign Up for an Event

VA is requesting extra support for patients

The Wylie VA Clinic has asked if a SSP volunteer would be interested in offering services to patients while they are receiving chemo or dialysis treatment. Reiki, meditation or hand massage are suggested. If you are interested, please email for details.

NEW: Month at a Glance Calendar makes signing up even easier!

Now finding an event you want to sign up for is as easy as clicking on this link. The link will allow you to view the SSP calendar of upcoming events.

If you would like to bookmark this calendar, please hold onto this link:

To sign up for an event in Schedulicity, click here. See below for details:

How to schedule to volunteer for a Stone Soup Project


  • Follow the link on your email or go to 
  • Click on the tab at the top of the page labeled ‘Book Online’
  • From the menu that drops down, choose ‘Book a Class”
  • Click on the ‘Jump To:’ box that is labeled ‘date:’ and has a calendar icon
  • Choose the date that the volunteer event is on
  • Click on the class option that says SSP: and has an event name
  • Choose select for yourself
  • Choose book my visit
  • Will ask a couple of basic questions if you do not already have an account.
  • You’re signed up for the event!
  • You will receive a confirmation and reminder emails.

If you have questions, please contact Rebecca Dunaway at

Stone Soup Project

c/o The Reiki Center

1540 West Fifth Avenue

Columbus, Ohio 43212

(614) 486-8323