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Volunteering at the Burnside Center

Volunteers are integral to the success of the Burnside Senior Center. They help at the center in several different areas.

Dining Room- One area where we use a lot of volunteers is in the kitchen and dining room for our lunch time meal. Some of the jobs they perform include serving meals, serving drinks, clearing tables, and running the cash register. Volunteers are also used for serving lunch to special groups that meet in our Grahl Room. These can be weekly or monthly events.

Front Desk- One of the most important volunteer positions is our Front Desk Volunteer, as this is the first impression people get of the senior center. This person is responsible for many tasks including answering the phone and directing callers to the proper staff person, answering questions and providing general information to the public, welcoming people to the Center and helping them find the activity they have come for.

Classes- We also have several volunteers who enjoy teaching different topics. This is a great way to put your special skills and talents to work! Some examples of areas we use volunteers in include: computer, woodworking, stained glass, knitting and crocheting to name a few.

Medical Van Drivers- Another important area where we use volunteers is with our medical van transportation program. We use volunteer drivers to transport area seniors to their medical appointments. The volunteer drivers use Burnside’s medical van for these trips.

Senior Connect- this group uses volunteers for planning and escorting trips to help get seniors out of their homes and more familiar with our local BATA bus system.

MMAP Office- these volunteers go through extensive training on Medicaid and Medicare so they can assist other seniors by helping them access health benefit programs and by answering their questions. Previous experience with insurance and benefits is not necessary.

If you are interested in becoming a Burnside Volunteer, please contact
Freda at 517-279-6565.

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