Put away your checkbook. Some things in life are priceless. Volunteering is good for the soul. With a very large population of retired residents, who now have the time they didn't during their careers, there are chances to help others, feel good about what you are doing, socialize and get needed exercise any weekday.
There is no amount of money as gratifying as being the only person some homebound seniors see during the day when you're delivering their hot noon meal. As of Sept. 19, 2007, 121 meals are being delivered. Due to state law, the meals have to be delivered within 2 hours of being packed and put in heated containers. Volunteers would need to be at the Payson Senior Center by 9:15 a.m. and return by noon. Drivers stop at the residences and runners deliver the meal to the recipients. That also provides the opportunity to check on any other needs and report back to the center. On the days you volunteer, you earn a free lunch at the center.
What woman doesn't like shopping? The Senior Thrift Store, next to the senior center, is in need of volunteers to sort and pick out appropriate clothing, dishes, furniture, linens and accessories to be displayed for resale. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Volunteers are needed for four-hour shifts during one or more of those days. After a four-hour period of work, a volunteer is eligible for a free lunch meal on that day. You may volunteer for one or more shifts a week. The thrift store is operated by volunteers. The sales add up to between $8,000 and $9,000 a month. Just think how much each volunteer is contributing. All funds go directly to the Senior Center each month to help provide food, transportation, and activity services.
You will find that you are receiving a blessing by being a blessing. Focusing on others helps you realize how fortunate you are. For more information, please call Reed Cox, executive director, at (928) 474-4876 any weekday.