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Volunteer Lunch N Learn Speaker Betty Hendrix
Betty Hendrix spoke about the rewards of volunteering at a recent GoldCare 55+ Lunch 'N Learn.

Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 03:00 PM

Volunteers give a lot, and they receive even more

Betty Hendrix tells GoldCare group about the rewards of volunteering, at the hospital and elsewhere.

Volunteering is so beneficial to the health of seniors that it may be more valuable for the volunteer than the organization enjoying free labor. Giving your time lowers your mortality rate, relieves stress, combats depression and improves social skills. 

“Volunteering at Marshall North is a major part of my life now,” retired teacher Betty Hendrix told a crowd of seniors at a GoldCare 55+ lunch n’ learn on “The Value of Volunteering.” 

Hendrix practices what she preaches. In addition to working four hours at the information desk in the hospital every Wednesday morning, she is president of the Marshall North Auxiliary, serves on the State Hospital Auxiliary Board and is editor of its newsletter. During her 30-year career as a teacher, she served 23 years on the Mountain Valley Arts Council, and taught computer classes at RSVP and Christian Women’s Job Corps.

“There was never a day in my teaching career that I didn’t look forward to going to school,” she said. “I can say the same thing about volunteering. The information desk is my favorite place.”

Hendrix encouraged seniors to think about their goals and interests in order to find a good fit. Volunteers, she said, should have a positive attitude, compassion, an open mind and be willing to learn new things. 

“The benefits can be better for the volunteer,” she said. “It gives you something to look forward to. Giving in simple ways can help others and improve your health at the same time.”

Anyone interested in volunteering at Marshall Medical should call Diane Butler at (256)571-8010 for North and Cheri Powers at (256)840-3488 at South. To inquire about volunteering at the Marshall Cancer Care Center, call Pam Veal at (256) 894-6779. 

GoldCare 55+ hosts monthly lunch ‘n learns to provide information on everything from health and exercise to safe driving and fun parties. Please make a reservation for lunch by calling 256.571-8025 or 256-753-8025 for Arab area residents at least a week in advance. Cost is $5. Lunch is served at 11:30 and program begins at noon.

If you are 55 or older and would like to take advantage of all the benefits Marshall Medical’s GoldCare 55+ program has to offer, visit where you can download a membership application. If you have any questions, please call (256) 571-8025 (for Arab area residents: (256) 753-8025) or email