She may be 100 years young, but that hasn’t stopped independent living resident Mabelle Mase from working as a volunteer around our community.
Mabelle moved here in October 2011 and can be found volunteering as a greeter at the front desk, or any job that she is asked to do that she feels qualified for.
"I think it's important when people come into the lobby that there is a friendly face to greet them," said Mabelle.
Mabelle isn’t new to volunteering. Her most rewarding volunteer work was with the American Cancer Society where she visited 96 women who had had a mastectomy. She’s also volunteered for Meals on Wheels, YWCA, Rock City, the Manor Soup Supper and her church, First Presbyterian. What’s her secret? "I just do it! Volunteering provides an opportunity for involvement in community affairs without the responsibilities that go with management.”
Another resident who’s no stranger to volunteering – and she has the awards to prove it – is Jean Hamilton.
"I love volunteering because I like helping other people," said Jean.
Jean volunteers in several areas at Salina Presbyterian Manor but one of her largest accomplishments was receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award for cleaning up and donating 4,141 dolls to the Food Bank in Salina—some of those dolls were hers and some were given to her. The Volunteer Connection agency, which is no longer established in Salina, recognized Jean for her work. It took 100 hours to receive a bronze award, 250 hours for the silver award and 500 hours for the gold. Jean received all three.
PHOTOS: Jean Hamilton (left) with the President's Volunteer Service Award she earned in 2013; Mabelle Mase (right).