Island Senior: The Mullis Center Honors Volunteers

Posted May 11, 2021 at 5:30 am by

Gift Bags For Volunteers - Contributed photo

“Island Senior” is a reg­u­lar col­umn on the San Juan Update writ­ten by Peg­gy Sue McRae.

In times past the Mullis Cen­ter has cel­e­brat­ed the vol­un­teers who keep the cen­ter run­ning with fes­tive occa­sions. This year, in pan­dem­ic mode, the Mullis Center’s appre­ci­a­tion was expressed in a qui­eter but equal­ly appre­cia­tive ges­ture. Gift bags were pre­sent­ed as a thank you to those who have offered their time and ener­gy to our seniors.

“Dur­ing the pan­dem­ic, we’ve had a small but steady group of vol­un­teers deliv­er­ing Meals on Wheels, tak­ing care of lawn upkeep, fold­ing newslet­ters, and run­ning the office dur­ing our busy meal days.”

Office Volunteer Pat Ball - Peggy Sue McRae photo

Cen­ter Man­ag­er Anna Cof­felt-Kuet­z­ing said of office vol­un­teer Pat Ball, “We would NOT have been able to oper­ate with­out her help dur­ing the pan­dem­ic.  She gen­er­al­ly vol­un­teers 2–3 days a week, run­ning the office on our busiest days.” 

“The Mullis Cen­ter and San Juan Coun­ty Senior Ser­vices staff along with the San Juan Dis­trict Oper­a­tions Com­mit­tee would like to THANK the fol­low­ing vol­un­teers for their gen­er­ous ser­vice dur­ing the pan­dem­ic: Pat, Lin­da, Den­nis, David, Son­dra, Shau­na, Kim, Dan, Art, Ker­ry, Chad, Sand­hya, David, John, Cyn­thia, Nes­ta, Bill and Dorothy.  We could­n’t have done it with­out you!”  

Ruth Huard with Meals on Wheels Volunteer Drivers Shauna Rand and Dennis Busse - Contributed photo

Vol­un­teer­ing is a great way to give back to our com­mu­ni­ty while enjoy­ing the cama­raderie of oth­ers. As the pan­dem­ic sub­sides you may con­sid­er vol­un­teer­ing as way to make a con­tri­bu­tion while also mak­ing connections.

“Vol­un­teers are a very impor­tant part of mak­ing our pro­grams, such as Meals on Wheels and Foot Care, pos­si­ble.  As we begin to think about re-open­ing, we are gath­er­ing vol­un­teer appli­ca­tions.  If you would like to hear more about vol­un­teer­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, please con­tact Anna at or Deb­bie at” 

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