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A volunteer-recognition barbecue luncheon was held on April 23 at Westminster Place, a non-sectarian member of Presbyterian Homes, 3200 Grant St. The event honored more than 200 volunteers who contributed 34,412 hours of service last year at the retirement community.

 The majority of the volunteers are themselves older adults who choose to serve other older adults. About 50 percent of the volunteers are independent-living residents at Westminster Place, and the remaining 50 percent are community members. The Presbyterian Homes Woman’s Board established the Volunteer Services Department in the 1960s and is very active in volunteer service.

Sid Doolittle, above left, had already been a Westminster Place volunteer for about a year before he and his wife became independent-living residents in 2006. He began by providing wheelchair transportation to the Kimble Fitness Center for people who could not walk long distances or were wheelchair-bound.  “I now serve as mailman one day a week for McGaw Care Center residents,” says Mr. Doolittle. Others honored at the luncheon are Doug and Leila Seleen, bottom left, and Kathye Boyle, Nan Birmingham and Marianne Roderick, Westminster Place volunteers and members of the Presbyterian Homes Woman’s Board.