Darlene’s warm smile, sharp mind and quick wit made her a wonderful volunteer front desk receptionist for more than three years. And, Darlene’s experience in technology helped her to be super proficient on the computer and able to assist with special projects.
These days, you will find Darlene volunteering in Margie’s Café on Thursdays. She says volunteering here has given her new friendships, and adds, “I had no idea how fun this would be and attached I would getto the people!” She says that one of the best things about moving from the front desk to Margie’s Café is that she knows so many of the names of our members and guests.
Darlene is a true Seattle native who grew up in the north end and attended Lincoln High School. After living in Montlake Terrace and Renton, she now resides in West Seattle. Darlene has family close by with a brother and sister in Bothell, and she’s an aunt and great aunt to their numerous offspring.
Darlene was lucky to work in IT for the phone company for 32 years and describes it as a great job. She enjoyed getting to change departments throughout her career and expand her knowledge regularly. She retired from the company in 2002 and went on to work in technology for Bartell Drugs for nine years.
In addition to volunteering, Darlene enjoys traveling, biking and home do-it-yourself projects. She is very handy and has made many improvements to her home by herself. Darlene is exploring the idea of moving out of state and is looking to Arizona as an option. We are hoping this doesn’t happen any time soon, as she is a true treasure to the Senior Center!
Written by: Sara Hanson-Andreu, Senior Center Volunteer Coordinator
Photo credit: Arica Sykes-Dawley, volunteer