Volunteer Activities





Blanco County Association of Retired Educators (BCARE) recently awarded an honor certificate to member Sally Walsh for working the most volunteer hours for the calendar year. Ms. Walsh volunteered 440 hours, the equivalent of 55 eight-hour days voluntarily doing unpaid work. She will be officially recognized at the October 23rd lunch meeting at Pecan Street Grill in Johnson City.

The total number of volunteer hours for the chapter was 2,976 hours, or 372 eight-hour days of unpaid work that BCARE gave to Blanco County.

A sampling of what retirees do for Blanco County follows. Retirees volunteer at the library, the Good Samaritan Center, Meals on Wheels, Lunches of Love, the Lavender Festival, and County Fair events to mention only a few.

They also judge various student competitions such University Interscholastic League and National Forensic League, mentor children at school, drive the elderly to doctor’s appointments, visit nursing homes to assist the residents, and sing to residents.

Retirees also work e-waste events, manage scholarship funds and be a part of the selection process, gather new and gently used toys so that all the county’s children have at least one gift at Christmas, wrap the toys, make food for and help host Fifth Quarter, and teach Sunday school and Vacation Bible School as well as perform a myriad of other church and charitable activities.

 If retirees were paid the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour just for the past year, the BCARE chapter, one of the smaller retired teacher chapters in the state, would be owed $21,576.

Retirees that are not from the teaching profession also volunteer large numbers of hours in the county. Remember to thank a retiree today for their unselfish contributions to the quality of life in Blanco County.