What was striking was the number of people who attended who were (retired) ACS volunteers and people looking at getting involved in ACS one way or the other.
The average age of volunteers has been 78, which just goes so show how active people are staying, and it is just amazing how much they are still giving to others.
Long-time and now retired ACS volunteers Marie Smith and Mary Fitizigbbon joined the event. They had been members for more than 10 years.
It is always fun to hear about their experiences as volunteers, and it was a nice opportunity to let them know they are missed at their volunteer sites.
Furthermore, several of the ACS volunteers took part in the monthly intergenerational party Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006 at the Pioneer Home.
It was a fun filled afternoon with Boys and Girls Club members playing bingo with residents, and helping make Bird Feeders out of Pine Cones and Bird Seed Mix.
This constants of peanut butter, meal, birdseeds and lard.
In the past years, the organization has seen a high number of people inquiring to be ACS Senior Companion volunteers. It was once thought that it would have 50 percent foster grandparents helping children in the schools but that is not the case in Ketchikan.
Currently there are 90 percent senior companions and 10 percent foster grandparents helping a various sites including: SeaView Terrace, Ketchikan Pioneer Home, Rendezvous Day Center, Saxman Headstart, S.E. Senior Center, Gateway Christian School, and at Youth Court, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Club events.
Many times the volunteers at these senior sites are there helping with meals, taking people shopping, appointments, or special events, visiting over a coffee, reading a paper, playing a card game or bingo, or simply talking with people.
There are more than 40 residents in the Pioneer Home, and over 60 at the S.E. Senior Center being served through meals on wheels and lunch at the center.
The need is great for more people to volunteer at these sites and others.
There are about 1,400 seniors in Ketchikan. There will be an increased need for more services and support for this age group in the future.
Alaska Community Service meetings are held from 1-2 p.m. the third day of each month at the Ketchikan Senior.
If you want to become a volunteer in foster grandparent, senior companion or retired senior volunteer stop by to get more information during this time. This is open for people over 60 years of age.
The possibilities are endless of all the great opportunities to help others.
For information, contact Gretchen Klein at 617-4685.