Volunteers are an essential component of Golden Gate Senior Services programs. Each volunteer brings a lifetime full of experience and skills. While our volunteers are of all ages and backgrounds they all share a single commitment to the well being of people served by the agency. At GGSS we offer a wide range of opportunities for volunteers to put their interests and skills to good use. Whether it’s participating in art or current event groups, supporting the book club, helping out at the flea market, greeting people or helping to serve lunches anyone interested in people and in the getting back as much they give will find volunteering at Golden Gate Senior Service programs and enriching experience.
Throughout the year we want to recognize those very special people who contribute their time, energy and enthusiasm to the Castro Senior Center.
We are lucky to have many committed individuals who volunteer their unique skills for the betterment of the center and all it’s members.
Check this spot for profiles on some of those folks.
The Castro Senior Center is blessed with a dedicated group of volunteers, many of whom have been members for decades. Each volunteer is part if valuable team that supports a myriad of activities on a daily basis and the Castro Center could not function with out them.
One of our longest participating volunteers is Mary Rowe. Mary is available for whatever is needed, be it setting up for parties, working on the newsletter, helping arrange trips, answering telephones, balancing accounts, or running the flea market. In fact, if Mary could be cloned she could pretty much run the entire operation. As the coordinator for our flea market Mary accepts donations and leads a group of other dedicated volunteers. The flea market is a wonderful resource for the community and helps generate income that funds many of the Center’s activities.
But Mary is more than just an all around volunteer at the Castro Senior Center. She represents all that is best in giving. Through her warmth and generosity she helps everyone with whom she comes in contact feel welcomed. As a native San Franciscan and life long resident Mary also volunteers with her church and several other local organizations committing hundreds of hours of service to her community. While doing this entire she also raised a family as a single parent and is now blessed with grandchildren and great-grandchildren all of whom share in her life. The Castro Center can never thank Mary and our other volunteers enough for what they do each day but we know they all experience a sense of accomplishment and of belonging to their community that benefits us all.
Dorian has been attending our center for almost 20 years, and started volunteering about 8 years ago. She provides assistance in our lunch program, translates for the non-English speaking Chinese seniors, and assists in the art programs. She also has established relationships with our disabled participants, and extends a hand when needed. Dorian is an integral part of our working day, and her service is invaluable to us.
Dorian was born in Napa, CA, but as a young woman lived in Hong Kong. She attended a boarding school in Canton, China, and later returned to the US. She is a very talented artist, and has studied art for many years. Her many mediums include oil painting, watercolor, pen and ink, and Chinese painting. She has exhibited her art in various shows, and we are lucky to have some of her on display here at the senior center.
We extend many thanks to her for all she does, and we are very grateful that she has chosen to work with us.
Thomas “Slim” Pendergast
In the early stages of building an integrative program, we met Thomas Pendergast. Know to all of us as “Slim,” he reflects the best positive aspects of our program.
At over six feet tall, he maintains an imposing presence. A former Special Olympic star athlete and pocket billiards champion, it is hard to conceive of a more integral personality in our collective success.
Year after year, he has offered us his labor, art, and “whatever,” evaluation of life’s obstacles. Slim shows us all how to walk the heroic path.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact:
Castro Senior Center
Richmond Senior Center