Featured Volunteers

You Make IT Happen!

You Make IT Happen!

The key to our success rests in our volunteers who embody the spirit of greatness by saying, "Yes I can, and so can you!" We want to thank all of our volunteers so very much for dedicating their extra time to the Burleigh County Senior Center. Without all of you, our mission to enhance the lives of older adults and help them remain independent in their homes would not be possible!

APRIL 2022 FEATURED VOLUNTEERS

Joel Porter

Joel Porter

Joel Porter has been volunteering at the Burleigh County Senior Adults Program since January 31, 2022 as a Home Delivery Meal Driver. Joel recently found himself with an abundance of idle time on his hands and decided he wanted to channel that extra time into something enriching while he waits to see where his next career path takes him!
Joel previously worked in television news for over 10 years and has lived all over the country! Within the last year, he moved back to North Dakota to be closer to his family and friends.
Joel grew up in Wilton, ND, where his parents still reside. He enjoys spending time with his sister and her husband and his adorable nephew in Bismarck. His hobbies include running, reading, hunting, fishing, and playing with his dog.
Joel likes to volunteer because he enjoys being out in the community visiting with people; "It feels like a small gesture on my part, handing someone lunch, but it's fulfilling seeing how thankful the seniors are to see you."

March 2022 Featured Volunteer

March 2022 Featured Volunteer

Kelly Hickel & Marlene Knutson

Kelly Hickel started volunteering at the Burleigh County Senior Center on September 15, 2021 as a Home Delivery Meal Driver. Kelly learned about the Bismarck Senior Center from Fred Browning, another volunteer we have here at the Senior Center and because he used to deliver meals for a different organization.

Pictured next to Kelly is his mother-in-law, Marlene Knutson, aka ‘Mean Marlene’ as Kelly playfully jokes with her and she growls back at him! Delivering the meals is a very special outing for Marlene as Kelly picks her up from the nursing home 2 days a week and then Marlene is Kelly’s navigator when they deliver the meals together. Marlene absolutely loves delivering the meals with Kelly!

Kelly loves to spend time with his beautiful wife Lori, who he has been married to for 43 years. They have one son together, Todd, who lives in Minot on the Air Force Base. Kelly also has two dogs, Lily and Olive – who at times accompany him on his routes! Previously, Kelly was employed in the oil field industry for 44 years, with 37 of those years being spent at Hess.

Kelly enjoys volunteering at the Senior Center because it is a fun way of meeting many new people and it helps him learn how to get around the town!

Grace Hendrickson

Grace Hendrickson

Grace Hendrickson has been a volunteer for the Burleigh County Senior Adults Program at the Crescent Manor Meal Site for 12 years. She carries trays for those who cannot and she is always ready to help. Grace is a great volunteer recruiter and makes new and old residents feel welcome. In her spare time, she likes playing cards, bingo, gardening and spending time with her family. She was born and raised on a farm in New York Mills, MN. She attended college for a year and then lived in Texas for a year before returning to Minnesota. She met her husband at a grocery store in Minnesota, where they both worked. After they married they moved to Velva, ND where they operated their own grocery store and raised nine beautiful children. After she and her husband separated, Grace moved to Minot where she worked at Kmart for 20 years. Upon retiring, she started her own cleaning service and eventually moved to Bismarck to be closer to family. Grace is a kind and giving person who is always cooking for someone!

March 2022 Featured Volunteer

March 2022 Featured Volunteer

Loraine Meidinger

Loraine was born on a farm by Wishek to loving parents and grew up with five brothers and three sisters. The work on the farm was hard but love was plentiful. Loraine has warm memories of her family. She married Walter Meidinger and moved to Bismarck where they were married 58 years. Loraine has four children, one boy and three girls, eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. They are a blessing to her.

Loraine worked for the Baptist home for five years, and then at Sanford until she retired. Loraine volunteered for The Banquet until the Covid pandemic started. She likes to visit with family and friends, and has a love for sewing. Loraine made and sold 3D blankets at craft shows for 13 years.

In March 2021, Loraine started volunteering at the Burleigh County Senior Center. She works at the coffee bar and helps pack meals for home delivery. Loraine loves the people at the Senior Center, and loves the work because everybody is so kind and pleasant!