Vivian Mortensen and Pearl Creviston have been information volunteers at the County Courthouse for the past 10 years. They are involved with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
They spend four hours a week at the information booth, answering questions on government and community programs. According to David Gardner, program director, Mortensen and Creviston are some of the most dedicated and dependable volunteers he has known.The Retired Senior Volunteer Program needs individuals who are 60 years or older and are looking for a meaningful way to spend time and keep young at heart. Gardner said older volunteers are very useful in the community because they have spent a lifetime developing their skills, talents and abilities. While some volunteers choose to serve in a manner consistent with their professional careers, others pick something new and challenging.
The opportunities available to volunteers are as diverse as the volunteers themselves. Theora Boulton, volunteer coordinator, said volunteers are currently needed to help Mortensen and Creviston at the Courthouse information booth on Fridays, either mornings or afternoons.
Volunteers can also serve at information booths at the Timpanogos Cave Visitor Center, informing visitors about the cave and other attractions in the area. Volunteers are needed for several hours on weekdays. Volunteers will be reimbursed for mileage to the cave.
The Utah State Hospital needs volunteers to help at the clothing store on Monday mornings, sorting clothing into sizes. A group of volunteers also meets at Monday and Tuesday mornings at the State Hospital to work on quilts. Proceeds from the quilts are donated to the hospital.
Volunteers who serve at the State Hospital receive a free lunch during their shift, and transportation is provided for those coming from Springville, Payson and Benjamin.
One home-based opportunity involving less than 10 hours each month is the position of volunteer coordinator in the Payson area. The coordinator keeps track of the volunteers' hours and does other record keeping.
Other Retired Senior Volunteer Program experiences can be found in local rest homes and senior citizen centers.
There are many benefits. Each year a recognition banquet is held, and volunteers are also insured during their service.But Gardner said that the greatest benefit comes from the good feeling that results from helping others.
If you are over 60 and would like to balance your leisure time with service, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program is for you. If interested in these and other volunteer opportunities, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 374-8108.