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Volunteer: Its a great way to give back

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Volunteering is what makes the West Linn Adult Community Center work. Pictured in front from left are volunteer  board members Marge Russell, Doug Dickson, Joyce Brown and back row, Rose Ek, Barbara Handley, Linda Scott and Allan Kawada.April is National Volunteer Month, not only at the West Linn Adult Community Center but nationwide. One way Mr. Webster defines “volunteer” is a person who serves without pay; one that gives back or helps others without looking for any compensation other than how it makes you feel inside.

At WLACC you don’t have to step far into the building before you see people giving and doing for others. The front desk is manned daily by volunteers who answer the telephone, greet members and visitors. They accept money for classes and lunches, give tours of the building and most anything else they see that needs to be done.

Veda, our chef, prepares lunches Monday, Wednesday and Friday and is assisted by volunteers for each meal. They help with some meal prep, setting tables, cleaning up and washing dishes. Our holiday meals always draw additional helpers as does our annual Mother’s Day Tea.

The best kept secret in West Linn, aka our gift shop, is manned totally with volunteers. The buying, selling, displaying, consignments, paying of vendors and accounting of monies is all done with volunteer labor. The gift shop is the center’s only ongoing means of fundraising. And it does very well, thanks to our volunteers and our customers. We have raised vegetable beds that are planted, tended and harvested for our kitchen’s use, again taken care of by volunteers.

You can see that without volunteers we would be in poor shape. Volunteers lead exercise classes, writing groups and card games. The bus drivers that take us on our monthly trips — you guessed it — they are volunteers.

The board of directors, again all volunteers, meet monthly to oversee the happenings of the center and make sure things keep happening.

My point to all of this information about our little spot on top of the hill is what can you do to give back? Help a neighbor? Give a ride to someone in need? Give time and/or donations to a local food pantry? Read to school children? Many programs would not be what they are without volunteer help, so know that your time and effort is needed and appreciated.

So when you have those days that you don’t want to do anything let alone volunteer work, or you think you don’t have time to stop to visit with that neighbor that can’t get out on his or her own, know that the time and effort you give is invaluable. The most important thing you can give is your time. Find your spot to volunteer today.

Here are the upcoming week’s activities. Call the center at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. Also, all meals listed below are subject to change, but only for the better. Computer assistance is currently being offered by appointment between 9 a.m. and noon, every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

FRIDAY, April 26

In the morning, we have the core strength class and the strength and balance class, the Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics class and the oil painting group. The whist card group will meet between 10 a.m. and noon. At noon we will serve grilled pork and pineapple for lunch. From 12:30 until 3 p.m., the pinochle group will meet. At 1 p.m., the Texas Hold’em poker group will deal.

MONDAY, April 29

In the morning we have tai chi, the Peripatetic Walkers, the wood carving group, aerobics class and hand and foot card game group. For lunch we will serve zucchini rice casserole. After lunch, the bridge group will meet and the pilates-inspired core strength class will meet (off site) at 2 p.m.

TUESDAY, April 30

Morning offerings at the WLACC include core strength class, strength and balance class and gentle yoga class. The Honoring Our Memories writing group also meets from 10 a.m.to noon. Our ukulele group will strum together at 2 p.m. and Luella Hunt will teach pinochle to new players starting at 1 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, May 1

The pilates-inspired core strength class will meet (off site) at 9:45 a.m. In the morning, we offer the Peripatetic Walking group, chair aerobics class, core strength class, strength and balance class and the gardening club will meet. The line dancing class meets from 11 a.m. to noon. A visiting nurse will perform complementary blood pressure checks from 11 a.m. to noon. No appointment needed. At noon, we will have our monthly birthday brunch. Those with birthdays in May will eat for free; all others pay only $3. After brunch, the pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m. as usual.

THURSDAY, May 2

Our morning offerings at the center include core strength class, strength and balance class and our gentle yoga class. The knitting/crocheting group will convene at 10 a.m., and the bridge group meets at 10:30 a.m.

WLACC Gift Shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret in town, the WLACC Gift Shop. We have added many new donation and consignment items. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and accepts cash, checks and well-behaved children.




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