Making a Difference: Baby boomers giving back to community

Eau Claire, WI (WEAU) - As baby boomers begin to retire, some people are already finding ways to fill their free time.
For the past 11 years, 68-year-old Gladys Webb has volunteered at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center in Eau Claire.

"It's one way to stay busy and I think when you do something for people. It makes you feel good and if it makes me feel good and at the same time it helps another organization. To me that's a win win, both people benefit from it,” said Gladys Webb, volunteer.

From greeting visitors at the door with a friendly hello, to playing hostess in the kitchen, it’s a job she loves to do as much as she can.

"It's a lot better than being retired and sitting at home in the rocking chair watching the paint dry. It's nice to be here, joke around with good people. They put a smile on your face,” said Webb.

Program coordinator, Jane Pedersen says Gladys is an important asset to the volunteering world along with other volunteers young and retired.

"Some people want to do small projects. I want to come once a week for 3 hours. I want to come once a week for 2 hours. You know that kind of thing rather than doing the big project,” said Pedersen.

With 17,000 volunteer hours available a year, it's an activity to keep you busy while helping others.

"If volunteering makes them better and they can give back to the community, that's what they want to do. We'll certainly use them,” said Pedersen.

When Gladys isn't at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center, she's at the Chippewa Valley museum, getting a taste of history while giving back to the community.

You will usually find her dusting and clean pieces of the past at the Chippewa Valley Museum.

"I don't look forward to the day when I'm the recipient on the other end where somebody is waiting on me. I hope the day never comes. More than likely it will. But I like being on the end that can give than receive,” said Webb.


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