Volunteer & Social Opportunities
Available for Seniors
November 20, 2004
Ketchikan, Alaska - The National Senior Service Corporation is
presently recruiting retired seniors/elders in the community
of Ketchikan who are interested in volunteering to provide mentoring
and classroom assistance to young children. This is an unusual
program in that volunteer service is rewarded with a tax exempt
stipend. Seniors over the age of 60 may be eligible.
Jodi Stensland and
Mary Johnston were among the approximately 60 individuals
attending the Thanksgiving luncheon...
Photo by Gretchen Klein
The Foster Grandparent/Elder Mentor Program, a service of the
National Senior Service Corporation, matches retired seniors,
both men and women, with volunteer opportunities. Some locations
such as schools, after school programs, Head Start Centers are
some of the locations that are often in need of volunteers. Foster
Grandparents assist children with classroom reading, social skills
or cultural enrichment activities.
Seniors citizens may volunteer
15-20 hours per week. If you are interested in one of these volunteer
opportunities, contact Priscilla Barnett at (907) 723-4685 for
For Senior citizens interested
in activities of daily living and social programs, the staff
of the Senior Center in Ketchikan work to provide Ketchikan Seniors
healthy meals in a social setting and offer transportation to
a variety of places such as doctor's appointments, shopping,
as well as the Senior Center. Ketchikan's Senior Center also
offers a variety of activities such as art classes, exercise
classes, bingo, and blood pressure checks. Meals on Wheels is
another service provided to qualifying seniors by the Senior
Center. Donations, bazaars, and raffles help support the Meals
on Wheels program.
Among those pictured are Shane, Priscilla, Aisha, Rhianna, Yannie,
Photo by Gretchen Klein
Annual events and celebrations sponsored by the Senior Center
include observance of holidays such as New Years, Christmas,
Thanksgiving, an Easter Egg Hunt at the Plaza, Halloween at the
Plaza, Fourth of July, and the upcoming Annual Christmas Bazaar
on December 11th.. Senior Services also co-sponsors events for
Seniors with other local agencies such as the Ward Lake picnic
and city-wide bingo.
A recent social event held
at the Senior was the Thanksgiving luncheon held on November
19th. This social event was attended by approximately 60 community
members of all ages.
Local supporters of the Senior
Center are: the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, the City of Ketchikan,
and Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC). Many senior citizens throughout
the communities of Ketchikan and Saxman enjoy and depend on the
services provided by the Senior Center. The Senior Center staff
encourage community volunteers to become involved.
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