Volunteer Testimonials
Linda Turner, Administrative Volunteer
“I first volunteered as a one-time event shortly before the District 4 Masters Games of Alabama.  I knew that it takes a lot of extra work on the staff’s part to put together everything needed to make the District Games fun and enjoyable.  I was given clear directions on what to do and I left that morning feeling that I’d been productive and appreciated.  I was asked to come back and since then I’ve been volunteering two or three hours one day a week doing various things.  I’m finding it educational, fun, and an excellent use of my time.
We are so fortunate in the State of Alabama to have so many Senior Centers that provide a variety of excellent activities for Seniors.  With volunteers to provide help and support, the staff has time to dedicate to expanding and improving an already excellent program for Seniors.”

Mrs. Costella Ware (at 82-years-of-age), Senior Center Volunteer in Hobson City
"It's important to me to be among people in my age group or older and to be helpful. I remember my mother telling me, 'Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might, and be the best you can be at it.' I have never let that slip my mind. I love the center and I have been coming off and on for about ten years. We have fun and it's an opportunity for me to be of service."
"I look forward to helping at the center and I am grateful to be a part of it.  My children and grandchildren are all grown up and it gives me something to do. At 82, I feel it is important for me to help any way I can as one day I may need help."

Connie Edwards, volunteer for the “MayDay Senior Celebration”
"As a volunteer for EAC’s MayDay, I feel like I have made a positive impact on its success each year. By helping with the themes and decorating, it has become such a fun event. It is also a great opportunity for the senior citizens to get health screenings and valuable information to improve their quality of life while having fun doing it! I encourage anyone who has a desire to volunteer to help this great organization. You will receive a blessing, while blessing others". 

Bill Lane, Retired Senior Center Manager (regarding volunteers at Senior Centers):
“I took my position as Senior Center Manager as one who made sure the seniors understood that the center was theirs.  I was there to support them and ensure that their requests were supported.  I wanted all of them to understand they were still functional, knowledgeable, and able to do things on their own.  I had a senior leading exercises, a senior leading line dancing, a committee organizing activities, and a committee determining what each month’s theme would be and getting the materials necessary to support that theme.  I believe in ownership.  I pushed them in helping me with Masters Games of Alabama.  Much of their conversation was centered around their existing and future activities.  I also had one senior that was assigned the job of fixing the containers for the next day’s food.  Another senior did the distribution of milk and juice.  When they were out, others would take over.  We were just one big, happy, family working as one.

Leona McLemore, SHIP volunteer: (no photo available)
“It means a lot to me to be able to help someone.  I don’t have money to give when people ask, but I can give time.  That, to me, is one of the greatest gifts I can give.  Volunteering benefits me because it gives me a sense of accomplishment.  For some people, when they are just sitting around at a certain age, you get fat, lazy, bored, and even suicidal.  So, it gets my mind off of me and my health issues and it gives me a real positive outlet.  I believe it benefits the agency by freeing the staff up to handle the more important things, such as talking to clients.  They have their hands full and don’t need to be doing all the paperwork.  I think they go hand-in-hand with each other: it’s benefiting me, it’s getting me out of the house, and it’s benefiting the Agency.”