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Behind-the-scenes volunteer helps keep Shepherd’s Center running

JoLin Gardner has been a volunteer with the Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita for nearly a dozen years. She was recently named the center’s Volunteer of the Year. (Dec. 18, 2014)
JoLin Gardner has been a volunteer with the Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita for nearly a dozen years. She was recently named the center’s Volunteer of the Year. (Dec. 18, 2014) The Wichita Eagle

JoLin Gardner describes her volunteer work as something most people might not notice.

“I’m not one of those who is president or chairman or up there saving lives,” said Gardner, an 81-year-old Wichitan. “But it takes people like me who do behind-the-scenes jobs that keep organizations running.”

She recently was named the Shepherd’s Center of West Wichita Volunteer of 2014 and is among 64 people who volunteer to support the center’s Adventures in Learning classes.

She was part of the founding group who started Shepherd’s Center nine years ago, setting up the first bank account and developing the articles of incorporation for it to become a nonprofit.

“The kind of thing I do is reflective of all volunteers who don’t get the validation — the kind of people who are simply there to do the work,” she said. “We are dependable, reliable and responsible.”

Each Monday, Gardner goes to the Shepherd’s Center office where she answers phone calls, takes care of mail and oversees lunch reservations for the programs.

“I have volunteered in some capacity all my grown years,” Gardner said. “I just feel Shepherd’s Center is an organization that is so helpful to the senior crowd.

“A couple of times a year, it is a great place to socialize and serves to keep people in touch with what is going on in the community and the world.”

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner.

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