The La Fetra Center and Human Services Division volunteer program has now doubled to more than 85 workers serving as receptionists, staff assistants, group leaders, class instructors, special event staff and general office support. Other specialties might include plant care around the center, data input, or helping with fundraisers such as assisting with weekly bingo, Casino Night, or the Holiday Boutique coming up in mid-November. Working with the nutrition program might involve helping set up for meals in the center or working with Meals on Wheels, which delivers food to the homebound. Volunteering for special events might include helping plan for and working at the Senior Barbecue, the Grandparents’ Breakfast, and at various dances. You could even volunteer to be a trip escort on local outings. In the new Foster Youth Mentor program, older people help children, usually between the ages of 6 and 12, teach crafts, help with reading, or go to the nearby park. The mentoring program is closely monitored by county supervisors. According to its mission statement, the center strives to maximize the quality of life for older adults by providing programs that: 1) promote dignity and self-esteem 2) foster independence 3) facilitate social interaction and 4) dispel negative stereotypes about aging. In 1989, the La Fetra and Ludwick families purchased and donated the 1904 Craftsman home to the city of Glendora to be used as a senior center and named for Clement and Mary La Fetra, of Rain Bird Sprinklers. The home was restored to its original floor plan and made compliant for handicapped access. Later work included updating plumbing, electrical, and earthquake retrofitting, trying to keep the house as nearly historically accurate as possible. If you would like more information on volunteering, please call Carol at (626) 914-8235. Send information about your organization to [email protected], (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2252; or fax to (626) 856-2758.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Glendora Seniors Club was active from the late 1960s through 1990. They met at the American Legion Building for cards, bingo and company. In 1990, a Tuesday afternoon meal program was begun with the assistance of these volunteers and others. When the La Fetra Center opened in May of 1991, a more “formalized” volunteer program was needed. With the 10,000-square-foot expansion of the center in 1997, the volunteer program needed to expand also.