A Year of Service: Our AmeriCorps member reflects on her year at WCSC

Danielle with Mary B, a WCSC front desk volunteer

Each day, seniors come to WCSC for exercise, lunch, games, assistance with MediCare enrollment, and much more. Some seniors rely on WCSC for a fresh, hot meal. Others come to WCSC for Enhance Fitness, an evidence-based fitness program that helps older adults stay active with cardio, stretching and strength exercises. As the Program and Outreach Specialist, I helped keep all of the programs running smoothly. Whether I was helping serve meals at lunch or signing people in for their foot care appointments, I met new people every day.

I have been amazed by the diversity of those who come to WCSC; our membership includes a World War II veteran, and many nurses, teachers, Peace Corps volunteers, and business owners. Many members have lived in Seattle since they were little. Several were born outside of the country, but have called Seattle home for many years. Still, there is one thing that many of the participants have in common: they approach aging with a sense of humor. In general, there is a very upbeat and happy atmosphere here at WCSC, and rather than worrying about the difficulties that come as we age, I heard more jokes and laughter. Overall, it is very evident that each and every participant is very grateful for WCSC. Here, they have a space to live and age comfortably.

-Danielle served as an AmeriCorps member at WCSC from September 2016-July 2017. The next AmeriCorps member, Eva will be starting in September.