Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Max Walter

I've been married 68 years; have 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren ranging in age from 6 years to 8 months including almost 3 year old twins. I retired from Fritos-Lay at age 59 and started my second career volunteering and doing carpentry; completing many big projects . I volunteered for 28 years at the Portage Senior Center. I'm a member of St. Catherine's Church and did many carpentry projects for them. I also did Meals on Wheels for 4 years. In 2015 I was the recipient of the STAR Award in the senior division. The reason I volunteer is to make people happy; I love to see their smiles. My inspiration is to share my God given talents and time.

Meet Rosalie Wright

I started out my work career at Whirlpool Corporation in Benton Harbor.  I worked there for 10 years before moving to Kalamazoo. I then worked at the Upjohn Institute for 7 years and retired from The Upjohn Company after 20 years. My two daughters and their husbands have blessed me with 4 wonderful grandchildren who I see as often as possible. By volunteering I believe that I am able to provide a community service which helps not only the people working in the organizations, but in the long run, the people in the community who are most in need. I also enjoy working with the other volunteers as well as with the people in charge of running the programs.  Volunteering gives me a good feeling knowing, in some small way, I may be making a difference.