Nancy McGowan is no stranger to volunteer work. The retired Independence school teacher volunteers with Fun and Crafts, a spin-off program of the Auxiliary. Fun and Crafts makes a variety of free items for Centerpoint patients and their families.

Nancy McGowan is no stranger to volunteer work. The retired Independence school teacher volunteers with Fun and Crafts, a spin-off program of the Auxiliary. Fun and Crafts makes a variety of free items for Centerpoint patients and their families.

The group makes pillows for patients and stuffed animals for children of patients and blankets for every baby born. They also make “walker caddies” that are carrying pouches attached to walkers.

“Our group is quite active,” she said. “Everybody has their specialty that they work on.”

She also volunteers at Youth Friends, a school based-mentoring network program in the Kansas City metro area. McGowan also volunteers at various projects at Vesper Hall.



What do you do within the Fun and Crafts?

I make the tray favors.  I make about 200 of those a month. It’s like a get well card for patients to let them know someone’s thinking about them. I spend about 15 to 20 hours making them.

I also work Monday afternoons at the Centerpoint Gift Shop. I also volunteer at Vesper Hall in Blue Springs and I teach youth friends



What do you most enjoy about your volunteer work?

You get to help people and make a lot of new friends. I enjoy working with people and kids. That kind of keeps me connected because I used to be a teacher.



A teacher? Where at and how long?

I taught at William Yates Elementary for 29 years. I taught second grade for 27 years and two years in first grade.



Why do you think volunteering is important?

You have the opportunity to help a variety of different people. It makes you feel good. Really, it keeps you from sitting in front of the television and watching soap operas all day. That would drive me nuts.

I was so busy as a teacher for all those years. I could not have sat down and watched TV.

“I’ve got something going everyday,” she said.

How can others get involved?

Contact Larry Binnicker, director of volunteer services at Centerpoint Medical Center, at 816 698-7584.