For the LOVE of CORE!
The first of our four granddaughters was born the summer I retired. The next years were largely spent with them in Hudson and Duluth leaving little time at home. When the youngest entered kindergarten, that chapter came to a close and I wanted to return to volunteer work in my community. For me, it is important to choose carefully so that I don’t burn out or come to resent the time I have signed up for. Hospice and CORE seem to be perfect for me.
I absolutely LOVE CORE. It is an ingenious organization. It achieves its mission of helping seniors be able to remain in their homes, at the same time providing fun, fellowship, friendship and educational opportunities to volunteers and recipients alike. A volunteer can choose what to do, rake leaves, provide transportation, help with groceries and meals, shovel snow, walk a dog (oh, I am WAITING for that chance!) or just visit with someone. AND there are free lunches, holiday parties, programs, and classes on many topics and activities. It is a win/win/win organization!
The Let’s Do Lunch events are a hoot. Really. Picture 20 or so people in the kitchen of a church basement, all happily chopping, stirring, folding, and sautéing, under the guidance of patient experienced cooks, laughing and talking and then stepping aside to let someone else chop, stir, fold and sauté. And THEN we all sit down to eat the delicious food we have prepared, which is fabulous and generally quite gourmet. AND we take home printouts of all the recipes (I made the Salmon Wellington for our Christmas dinner!). On top of that there are take-out containers for the leftovers! I cannot praise highly enough the volunteers who plan, shop for the groceries, and do some of the prep for these luncheons.
I most often volunteer to provide transportation. I love to drive, and time in the car provides the opportunity to get to know people. I have especially enjoyed the round trips from Red Cliff to MMC which gives me time to get to know people I would not otherwise meet.
As a senior who can both have fun at CORE events, and receive help should I need it, I am so very grateful to those who conceived the CORE idea, and to the staff and board who continue to make sure the organization continues to thrive. If CORE did not exist, life on the Bayfield peninsula would not be the same for many people, me included!
Other activities I love: Planning trips, taking trips, remembering trips! Reading, writing, gardening, baking. Hank and I have two children, Molly 41, Ethan 37, four granddaughters 12, 8, 8, 6. Entire career was teaching French in high schools: private schools in Interlochen, Michigan and Raleigh, North Carolina, and Washburn Public. Voilà!
For more information about CORE's Friends in Deed program, click here.