Barton Senior Center Volunteers Contribute 22,996 Hours

Barton Senior Center recently honored the many volunteers who have assisted the organization during the past year. At a dinner show and reception held on April 7, 253 individuals were recognized for having volunteered a total of 22,996 hours at the Center during the previous 12 months. This total includes 30 more volunteers and 100 more hours than the previous year. This astounding volunteer effort would be equivalent to more than 11 full-time employees. “Our volunteers are simply terrific,” stated Center Director Tania Gheen. “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.”

The following Barton Center members were given special recognition for volunteering more than 500 hours during the year: Rosemary Faulhaber, Sally Kerfoot, Illona Papp, Denise Rochelle, Ursula Randolph, Carolyn Vanatta and Peggy Young. Sophie Syzmanski topped the list by volunteering a total of 1,614 hours. The two longest serving volunteers, Carol Meermans and Rosemary Faulhaber, were recognized for a combined 75 years of volunteering at Barton Center.

An example of the activities provided with volunteer support is the Barton Center transportation group that provided a total of 6,042 rides in Lakewood to doctors’ offices, grocery stores, hair dressers, etc. This service has become even more important with the elimination of various bus routes. Many volunteers worked in the Barton Center Office and in the various shops such as Hodge Podge clothing and furniture resale shop, Corner Store, Book Nook, Greenhouse, Ceramics Shop and the Fabric Shoppe. Many more helped at the monthly dinner-shows and birthday luncheons attended by over 2,000 participants. One class assembled old greeting cards into picture books for young students at Lakewood Catholic Academy and St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church. The Knit and Crochet Class made hats, scarves and gloves and collected food, all for the benefit of the Lakewood Community Services Center. Eye glasses were collected and donated to the Cuyahoga County Library. The Fabric Shop donated material to a women’s shelter for quilt making. Clothing and house wares were donated to Goodwill. Several members organized a letter writing campaign with the USO, and sent hundreds of supportive letters to military personnel serving overseas.

Community groups also volunteered at Barton Center this year including: Lakewood High students from H2O, students from St. Joseph Academy, Key Bank employees, Hospice of the Western Reserve employees and Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp. To inquire about volunteer opportunities, call the Barton Center office at 216-221-3400. Barton Center is located on the Ground Floor of the Westerly Apartments at 14300 Detroit Avenue and is open M-F 9 AM–3 PM.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 8:28 AM, 04.20.2011