Carol Taylor, has been a dedicated volunteer at the Cohoes Senior Center for several years. She enjoys the diversity of people she meets at the center and the ways she can help others. “It is interesting, the people that you meet from different backgrounds,” says Carol. “You get to know people you maybe wouldn’t normally gravitate toward.” In addition to volunteering at the desk almost every weekday, Carol also participates in LifePath’s knitting and cardmaking groups. “I like my downtime,” she said.
Carol grew up in the Capital District, graduated from Lansingburg High School and went into nurse’s training at Albany Memorial. She then moved to Ohio, started her family, then relocated to Pennsylvania where she raised her two children. When her children were grown, Carol returned to the Albany area and worked at the Eddy Heritage House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for 14 years until her retirement. She started attending the community meals at the Cohoes Senior Center, formed a circle of friends there and began volunteering. Carol’s friend Myrtle volunteered at the front desk and Carol often joined her there to chat. Soon, Carol began volunteering there. “It was just sort of osmosis, I occupied the chair, and that was it,” she said.
Volunteers like Carol are vital to LifePath’s success. Without volunteers, LifePath would not be able to provide the level of care and support that it does. Carol’s dedication to LifePath and the Cohoes Senior Center is a testament to the positive impact that volunteering can have on both the volunteers and the communities they serve.