Meet Your Encore Friends
Saturday Bingo Volunteers
“Time flies when you’re having fun!” It’s so hard to believe that our Members’ Council has been offering Saturday Bingo for seven years. In researching old newsletters, this major once-a-month fundraiser made its first appearance on October 10, 2009, replacing our annual Flea Market and Bake Sale. Let’s not focus on the “time flies” but on the “having fun!”
In surveying the faithful volunteers, the reasons for their dedication include: supporting the center, keeping active, paying it forward, and getting involved. A common thread that came through loud and clear, however, was the joy of working with one another. Friendships have been formed, socialization has increased, and after Bingo dinners have even become habit. It isn’t just that the volunteers enjoy one another, but they also appreciate those who support Encore win or lose.
Seven years is a long time to be setting up and breaking down tables, serving lunches, calling numbers, recruiting volunteers, and everything else that is involved in running a successful fundraiser, and we have been successful! Thanks to the hard work and dedication of this volunteer group and the generosity of all of our players, Members’ Council has been able to make a generous donation to Encore every month, as well as purchase specific items when requested. This has made a huge difference in our operating budget.
New volunteers are always welcome to join this fun-loving group of volunteers. This particular Bingo event is played the second Saturday of every month from 1:00-4:00PM. We open our doors at noon for those who wish to have lunch or find a good seat. No special skills are required for volunteers, just a willingness to give of your time even occasionally and enjoy being with the public. If you are part of a group - school, scouts, church, or civic - and have a half-hour on a Saturday afternoon to volunteer breaking down the tables, we would be grateful for your time and muscle. You can also help spread the word about this worthy opportunity to serve the senior citizens in your community. Encore’s Saturday Bingo Volunteers: You Are Awesome!