Those who have come before us
Day after day, year after year, some things are guaranteed to never change — the sun will always rise, the people in our lives will come and go, and every April 15 the tax man will be knocking at the door. Though there are things in life that we cannot control, there are many more that we can. As we reflect on our lives, many will think of the people who raised them: influential teachers, a neighbor, a scout leader who made an impact in their lives. The years will inevitably pass, and we will lose touch with friends and family members. Though they may move away, or we may just get busy, it doesn’t diminish the impact they have had on our lives.
Now, what does this have to do with a community service article? It is exactly these incredible people who reside at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center. The center is home to an array of amazing people, from teachers, engineers, and veterans to people who have seen more in their lifetime than many of us can even comprehend. Many have family that stop by and visit, but some do not. The family of many residents has become the staff and countless volunteers that stop by and help serve a meal, decorate for holidays, or pop in to visit with residents as they play bingo.
The center has a host of volunteer opportunities available to anyone who has a couple extra hours. We often don’t think about the simple things we can do that can make an impact on someone. But as those who have made an impact on our lives have demonstrated, sometimes it’s a kind word of encouragement or a helping hand that has left a lasting impression.
The Sleeping Lady Lions host bingo for the residents of the center the second Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. The senior center also hosts evening bingo and numerous other events throughout the year. Stop by solo, or bring the family, sit with some of the residents, talk with them or help the staff with a meal. The possibilities are endless if you have a desire to remind those that have come before us that the community is here for them — just as many of them were here for us.
For information on volunteering at the Senior Center call Autumn at 688-2685. For information on Lions visit www.lionsclubs.org or call Amy at 301-9179.