Dottie Hull

Dottie Hull has been a Blair Senior Services, Inc. volunteer for the past 7 years.
Dottie started as a volunteer with Blair Senior Services, Inc. in the Ombudsman Program. Dottie stated, “After I retired as a Registered Nurse, one of my nurse friends asked me to go along with her to see what the program was about. I decided it was something I would like to do.”
Dottie helps with facility visits in Blair and Bedford Counties. Her duties include talking with the residents to make sure their needs are being met and about the care they are receiving. Dottie states, “I also look at the facilities and make sure they are clean, odor free, fire extinguishers are in place, and review the menus. I make sure the residents are being treated with the respect and care they deserve. If they have any concerns, we discuss them and then I bring those concerns to the Ombudsman, Jaime Rose.” Dottie volunteers usually one day a month in Blair County and one day a month in Bedford County, or as needed.
When asked what she likes the most about volunteering for the Ombudsman Program, “With my nursing background this keeps me busy. It gives me something to do and a way of still caring for people. My favorite thing is the people. The wonderful people I work with and the residents,” Dottie said.
Dottie stated there wasn’t any one memory in particular that was special, but the special feeling she gets from helping and being around the residents is what is so special and meaningful for her.
Dottie said she would encourage anyone to volunteer for this program, but especially any retired nurses. She states, “The nursing background just helps you to know what to look for I think. Anyone can learn, but it gives you a better understanding. I encourage anyone to try volunteering for this program. It is a great experience for you and helps people in sometimes a difficult situation.”
If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please call 814-296-6336. For volunteering with any of the other programs at Blair Senior Services, Inc., please call 814-946-1235.

Jack Futrick

Jack Futrick has been a Blair Senior Services, Inc. volunteer for the past 13 years.

Jack started his volunteer work with Blair Senior Services, Inc. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).  Jack stated, “Well, when you are retired it can be challenging to find things to do. I had taken a tax course many years earlier so I thought it was a good place to start.”  In addition to VITA, Jack now volunteers for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program through Blair Senior Services.

Jack helps prepare consumers’ taxes through the VITA program during the tax season at our Northern Blair Senior Center location. If eligible, Jack will also assist consumers with Property and/or Rent Rebates after preparing their tax return.  For the Farmers’ Market program, he interviews the consumers to see if they qualify and, if so, will issue the Farmers’ Market vouchers to them.  With the Commodity Box program, he verifies the consumer’s or proxy’s identity and obtains signatures to confirm the consumer’s box was picked up for the month. At the time of recertification, he assists by checking ID and confirming income eligibility.  “They are such great programs that really help the older adults in the area,” Jack said.

When asked what he liked the most about volunteering for Blair Senior Services, “I love to meet the people and when I am done helping them just the smiles on their face.  The complete gratitude they have is such a great reward.  I like meeting so many new people also,” Jack said.  One special memory he has is of a woman who came in to have her taxes done. Jack explained, “Once I was done with her taxes and she saw how much she would be getting back in a refund, and the fact she wasn’t charged for the taxes being done, she started to cry with appreciation. I will never forget how grateful she was.”

    Jack said they are always in need of help with the VITA program and all the volunteer programs at Blair Senior Services, Inc.  “You should try volunteering.  Such a rewarding feeling knowing you are helping others,” he said.    

If you or your group is interested in volunteering for this program or any of the programs offered, please call Blair Senior Services, Inc. at 814-946-1235.

Patricia Reidy

Patricia Reidy has been volunteering for the Apprise Program and VITA Program at Blair Senior Services for the last 4 years. Patricia volunteers 1 day a week answering phones for the Apprise program.  Patricia worked for the telephone company for 45 years so she thought this would be a good fit for her. During tax season, she volunteers 3 days a week helping prepare taxes.  “It has helped me to keep busy”, states Patricia. 

For Apprise, Patricia answers the phones and helps to answer very basic Medicare questions and is able to acquire information to direct the person calling to the right office or Medicare insurance counselor.

When asked what she likes the most about volunteering for Blair Senior Services, Patricia  stated,

“Everyone at Blair Senior Services is so helpful and nice.  I enjoy getting out of my house and being able to give back.”

Patricia would definitely encourage others to help volunteer saying, “There is always a need. Blair Senior Services provides so many services to the area and the more people who help the better it is for the volunteers and the consumers. It is a great way to stay busy and give back.”

If you or your group is interested in volunteering for this program or any of the programs offered, please call Blair Senior Services, Inc. at 814-946-1235.