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Fri, March 22

Volunteers keep adult center running smoothly

KINGMAN - One of the assets of the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center is the selfless people that volunteer their time to keep it operating in smooth fashion.

Debera Daugherty, director of recreational programs, said she calls on about 25 volunteers. Some donate a few hours of their time, while others probably could say they work there full time. "I enjoy being out and meeting people," volunteer Joyce Bailey said. "I need activity to keep me occupied. I previously was a volunteer at the food bank and now volunteer time at the museum downtown."

Bailey said she does paperwork, takes care of money from the thrift store and helps in the kitchen at the center. She donates 30-40 hours of time per week, doing whatever needs to be done, and has been a center volunteer since 1995.

She said she was voted "Volunteer of the Year" for the state of Arizona last year, with her nomination submitted by the Western Arizona Council of Governments.

Bernie Christensen began working as a volunteer last September.

"My sister got me interested in volunteering," he said. "It's something fulfilling and I like helping other people. Christensen works in the center's office and assists in arranging transportation for seniors to and from the Chat-N-Chow program. People coming in for meals at times feel like family, he said.

Tasks performed by volunteers include answering phones, serving on the center's board of directors, assisting clients in finding information and directing clients where to go to find the services they need within the center, Daugherty said.

One volunteer oversees community service workers and helps with yard work. "Some of our volunteers like doing one job and have done it for many years, and we have others that can multi-task and do a lot of things," Daugherty said. "I try to play to their strengths and let them do things they like to do."

Leilani Exbom, president of the center's board of directors, said volunteers do whatever is needed other than heavy maintenance.

"They are extremely valuable at fielding questions and sending people off in the right direction," Exbom said. "All are a friendly voice and face to greet people at the door. They project our image in the community more than the director and her assistant, who can't be everywhere at one time."

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