Barton Center Volunteers Contribute 21,552 Hours
Barton Community Center recently honored the many volunteers who have assisted the organization during the past year. At a dinner show and a reception held in April, 257 individuals were recognized for having volunteered a total of 21,552 hours at the Center during the previous 12 months. This astounding volunteer total is equivalent to more than 10 full-time employees.
“Our volunteers are simply terrific,” stated Center Director Jean Finlin. “Without the volunteers, our small staff would never be able to provide the many programs, activities and services offered at Barton Center. It is really a win-win, as our volunteers socialize, make friends and have fun, at the same time that they are helping others.”
As an example of the activities provided with volunteer support, the Barton Center Transportation Group provided a total of 7,505 rides in Lakewood to doctors’ offices, grocery stores, hair dressers, etc. One class assembled old greeting cards into picture books for patients at Metro Hospital. The Knit and Crochet Class made scarves and another group collected food; all for the benefit of the Lakewood Christian Service Center.
Several members organized a letter-writing campaign with the USO, and sent hundreds of warm letters to service personnel serving overseas. Many volunteers worked in the various Barton Community Center shops such as Hodge Podge clothing and furniture resale shop, The Corner Store, Book Nook, Greenhouse, Ceramics Shop and the recently opened Fabric Shoppe. Many more volunteers helped at the monthly dinner-shows attended by more than 1,000 this year; and the monthly birthday luncheons with more than 1,100 participants.
The following Barton Center Members were given special recognition for volunteering more than 500 hours during the year: Ursula Randolph, Rosemary Faulhaber, Sophie Syzmanski, Betty Varga and Illona Papp. Rita Merritt topped the list by volunteering a total of 1,223 hours.
Nine members were honored for volunteering more than 25 years at Barton Center, including: Dorothy Belgrave, Loretta Cubberley, Arleen Edwards, Rosemary Faulhaber, Bob Kelemen, Jean Lee, Dorothy Novotny and Martha Zitner. Carol Meermans is the longest serving volunteer, as she started volunteering at Barton Center 41 years ago in 1966.
In addition to individuals, various community groups also volunteered at Barton Center including Lakewood High students from H2O, children and parents from the Adventure Guides, the Lakewood Jaycees and the Kiwanis Club of Lakewood.
To inquire about volunteer opportunities, call the Barton Center office at 216-221-3400. Barton Community Center is located on the Ground Floor of the Westerly Apartments at 14300 Detroit Avenue and is open M-F 9 AM–3 PM.