Jean, 80, volunteers three days a week at the Fairmount Community Center, helping in the kitchen, which serves lunch to seniors four days a week.

Jean, 80, volunteers three days a week at the Fairmount Community Center, helping in the kitchen, which serves lunch to seniors four days a week. The Independence resident works about three hours a day, three days a week, serving water and milk and wiping dishes, but community officials say Jean – a volunteer for 12 years – is ready to help with just about any need. She also enjoys the prayer meetings and weekly bingo at the center. The center is at 217 S. Cedar Ave. (the old St. Ann’s School).
 
Why do you volunteer?
Well, I like the people, and it gets me doing something. The doctor says, ‘I don’t know what you’re doing, but keep doing it.’    

Is this important?
If it wasn’t for up here, I’d just sit at home, watching TV.  

You said it was a church connection that got this started for you. Do you consider this part of your faith life? I think so, to help people out.  

Don’t they always need more volunteers?
“Yes.” (Senior program director Kim Hanes agrees and points out that all volunteers are screened so those who are interested should stop by in person.)