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Volunteering has many benefits


Volunteers for the most part are what keep the West Linn Adult Community Center open for business. By business I mean weekdays full of activities, projects, a gift shop and lunches.

The most common reason volunteers give for donating their time and efforts is to have a sense of purpose and connect with others. Typically volunteers are there because it makes a difference and benefits the community center, but there are many benefits for the volunteer. Many surveys and studies have documented the benefits one receives from volunteering.

I will touch on a few of the more common ones.

Connect with others. A better-known benefit is the impact on the community. Volunteers often hold a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. It can lead to new friends, expand your network and boost your social skills.

Improved mind and body health. Doing “good” for others gives you a sense of accomplishment. It can also increase your self-confidence, self-esteem and life satisfaction. Volunteering has been shown to help with stress or depression. It has also been shown to aid in reducing chronic pain and heart disease.

Fun and fulfillment. Volunteering can be a relaxing, energizing escape from your day-to-day routine of work, school or family commitments. Volunteering can also give you renewed creativity and motivation. These benefits and more can carry over into your personal and professional life.

These are just a few of the benefits that volunteers receive from their efforts. Once a person volunteers, he or she quite often wants to continue. I encourage you to stop by the WLACC and see what our wonderful volunteers are doing and consider volunteering. You can start small with a commitment of just a few hours to get your feet wet. Talk with our volunteer at the front desk about the opportunities. I look forward to seeing you there.

Here are the upcoming week’s activities. Call the center at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. Also, all lunches listed below are subject to change, but only for the better.

Friday, Oct. 18

Computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics, painting, whist card group, pinochle, Texas hold ‘em poker.

Lunch entrée is pork tenderloin.

Monday, Oct. 21

Senior Law Project, tai chi, Peripatetic Walkers, woodcarving, aerobics, hand and foot card game, bridge, exercise for all. Lunch entrée is penne pasta with peppers, sausage and onions.

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, Nia, Honoring Our Memories writing group, pinochle, Ukulele Strummers.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Peripatetic Walkers, chair aerobics, gardening group, line dancing, pinochle, book club and board meeting. Lunch entrée is soup and sandwiches.

Thursday, Oct. 24

Computer instruction (by appointment), foot clinic, Share Singers, core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, Nia, knitting/crocheting, bridge, exercise for all.

WLACC Gift Shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret in town: the WLACC Gift Shop. If you’re a regular gift shop shopper, bring a new person with you. Many wise shoppers are beginning to think about holiday shopping, and wiser-yet shoppers know that our gift shop boasts fall, winter and holiday items that turn over weekly. It’s a stress-free place to look for children’s gifts and new jewelry.

We are looking for volunteers to staff the shop as subs and as Monday afternoon regulars. Contact Veronica Ferenz at the front desk if you are interested.

The shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash, checks and well-behaved children are accepted.