Keystone in need of volunteers

By Leslie Silverman


Keystone has a long, proud history of volunteerism. Just ask Jon Veltman, president of Keystone Senior Center.

“My grandmother volunteered all the time. People have a busy life now and it doesn’t seem like people really want to volunteer. I don’t know if the times were different or the people were different.” 

Veltman often volunteers to cook meals at the senior center and also volunteers his time on the Keystone Historical Society. He is one of a handful of people in the town who gives his time to keep vital town interests afloat. And some of those interests are in dire need of new people to volunteer their time, including the Keystone Chamber of Commerce and the Keystone Museum.

“Six board members is the least our bylaws allow us to have. So we’re down to the smallest we can get, “ said Ric Greene, Keystone Chamber of Commerce board president. The chamber board is in need of a vice president and several committees are in need of volunteers to help with things like budget planning, marketing and membership drives.

“I’ve got five members who, when I talk to them, they’re busy right now. They can try to make it. Their businesses are their first priority. The chamber is kind of there if they have an hour here or an hour there,” said Trevor Bryan, who, along with Greene, head up the marketing committee of the chamber.

The museum, too, is facing the same shortage of people willing to volunteer their time.

“The museum, too, has been manned by volunteers the whole time. Our inventory isn’t complete. We don’t really know what’s up there. We’re trying to staff it seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. One’s a volunteer, one’s an intern and one’s a full-time person. If one of those is sick  then we don’t open,” said Veltman.

The senior center, which hosts weekly lunches and breakfasts and various events and programs such as yoga, book club and bingo, also needs volunteers.

“It’s the same people. Like Linda Halley. Linda Halley has been the president (of the senior center) for seven years. She’s also a member of the board of the senior center and secretary of the historical society. That’s why Sandi (McLain) is on the Holy Terror Society, historical board and senior center board. They’re 60, 70 years old. We don’t have anybody coming up.”

Anyone looking to volunteer with any of these groups can contact the groups directly.