31 Days of Giving, Day Sixteen: Eaton Rapids Senior Center

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to spend my morning at the Eaton Rapids Senior Center.  The Center’s mission is to help seniors stay involved in the community, provide them with resources, and support their independence.  Each month there are a number of activities to encourage senior citizens to get out of their homes and socialize with their peers, including events like Bingo Night, dances, and exercise groups.

On this particular day there was a bake sale to help the Center raise funds, despite the half a foot of snow accumulating outside.  While I was waiting for potential customers to arrive (and for the snow to stop falling), I had the privilege of getting to know several of the Center’s members.  It was really fascinating to hear stories about things that happened decades before I was born, and to get their take on current issues facing seniors.  I also appreciated the obvious pride that they take in their Senior Center, and the wonderful sense of community that they have developed.  All in all, I really enjoyed the time I spent there, and I would love the chance to volunteer there in the future.

 – Katie Burns, Foreclosure Prevention Manager, AmeriCorps Member

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