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Volunteering at Burnside Center

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

Dining Room – One area where Burnside uses a lot of volunteers is in the kitchen and dining room for its lunch-time meal. Some of the jobs volunteers 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 the Grahl Room. These events can be weekly or monthly.

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

Classes – Burnside also has several volunteers who enjoy teaching different topics. This is a great way to put their special skills and talents to work! Some examples of areas in which Burnside uses volunteers include: computer lab, woodworking, stained glass, knitting, and crocheting, to name a few.

Computer Club Volunteers for the computer club assist older adults in the computer lab.

Medical Transport Drivers – Another important area where Burnside uses volunteers is the medical van transportation program. The volunteer drivers transport area older adults to their medical appointments. The volunteer drivers use Burnside’s medical vans for these trips.

MMAP Office – These volunteers go through extensive training in Medicaid and Medicare so they can assist other older adults by helping them access health benefit programs and 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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