Larry Bieri has been there since the beginning of Vesper Hall, and that’s impressive considering the number of volunteers that have come and gone.

Larry Bieri has been there since the beginning of Vesper Hall, and that’s impressive considering the number of volunteers that have come and gone.

The Lone Jack resident and his wife, Dixie, started coming to the Blue Springs activity center since 1995, about a year after it opened. Since then, there is little the husband and wife haven’t done at the center.

What made you decide to volunteer?

My wife and I have always felt that it’s important to give back. Here at Vesper Hall, the people who come here – a lot of them – don’t have much. Some only live on social security, so what we can do for them means so much.

What kinds of things do you do at the center?

When we first started, it was anything they needed done. Through the years we’ve helped in the kitchen, with special events. Cleaning and stuff like that. Now we do some of that, but we also co-sponsor weekly events like the Pitch Club and other social events. Some of the events have as many as 40 people. We don’t have a lot of money to help, but we give what we can. Some of the people who come here have so little that the meal is their only one good meal of the day.

Why is it important to volunteer?

When you get you should give back.

Do you have any future plans at Vesper Hall?

There’s nothing specific. We’re doing what we can right now. There are a lot of things to do. The more activities for the people who come here the better.

Do you have any other hobbies other than volunteering?

Well, we used to do a little farming. We had rental properties down at the Lake of the Ozarks.