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Good Deeds: Couple volunteer out of tradition and to stay productive

Volunteers Judith and Elvin Rainer stand in the sanctuary of West Heights United Methodist Church. (Jan. 8, 2015)
Volunteers Judith and Elvin Rainer stand in the sanctuary of West Heights United Methodist Church. (Jan. 8, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

Elvin and Judith Rainer volunteer because it is what they’ve always done.

“My father worked until he was 70 or so, and then he did Meals on Wheels,” Judith Rainer said. “… My brother does tons of volunteering. It’s a family thing.

“We were taught to do volunteering, and we want to do it.”

Elvin Rainer is 70 and retired from working in an architectural firm. She’s 76 and a retired para educator with the Wichita public schools.

They volunteer with the West Heights United Methodist Church Open Door program and, most recently, with Grace United Methodist Church.

“A friend of ours was driving for Open Door, collecting bread from Dillons and other grocery stores,” Elvin Rainer said. “That’s how he got me into it.

“I started keeping track of inventory, as it is being sacked and sized into boxes and going to families. Sometimes, I do intake and interview the client.”

At Grace Methodist, he has helped with roofing, heating and air conditioning projects. She has helped serve as a co-lay leader, teach adult Sunday school and work with a women’s group.

Four years ago, he went on a mission trip to Haiti and helped design a portion of a school.

“I find this is something I enjoy,” Elvin Rainer said.

“We are extremely blessed in every way I think possible. We have time to devote to community service.”

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

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