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Local puts in 30 years of service

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rose Olson, 91, has been volunteering at nursing homes, including the Senior Citizen Center, Brazil, for more than 30 years. [Order this photo]
For more than 30 years, a lifetime Clay County resident has been using her free time to volunteer.

For 32 years, Rose Olson worked at Quaker Maid in Terre Haute. When she retired at the age of 60, Rose began her volunteer work.

She has worked in kitchens, delivered meals and even entertained residents at nine different nursing homes and assisted living homes including the Senior Citizen Center in Brazil.

"They needed entertainment, because there's people put in there that had no families at all," Rose, 91, said. "I played the tambourine, washboard and the spoons. I could play all three of them."

After 30 years of volunteer work, Rose has had to stop due to health problems. She is now a resident at Cloverleaf Healthcare of Knightsville where she is receiving physical rehab. However, Rose will never forget her time volunteering.

"The happiness you make for people -- that's the biggest thing," Rose said of what makes volunteering worth her time. "Just like delivering meals -- if you didn't deliver the meals, some of the people would not have had a hot meal. I enjoy doing it just to have them come to the door and say 'thank you.'"

Cloverleaf's Community Liaison Director Lisa Bell has known Rose for more than two years.

"Rose is an amazing woman who has always shown compassion toward others," Lisa said. "She always thinks of others before she thinks of herself. She is a very easy person to like because she's going to like everybody else. She is a huge supporter of the Senior Center in Brazil. We definitely love her at Cloverleaf."

Lisa isn't the only friend Rose has made during her time as a volunteer. In fact, one of the things Rose loved most about volunteering was getting to meet new people and make friends.

"You really made friends, and you knew you were doing something that was making them happy," Rose said. "When you walked away, you could think about what you had done. That meant a lot to me."

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That's Awesome!!! I'm glad to see a happy Good Inspirational Story.. Nice Job Rose!

-- Posted by computerdx on Wed, Nov 30, 2011, at 11:44 PM

Congratulations!!! That is indeed something to be proud of !

-- Posted by JaniLou on Thu, Dec 1, 2011, at 5:14 PM

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