“Volunteering is part of my life that I
enjoy,” she says. “It’s made me friends, been
interesting, and kept me busy.”
A way of life
Rosalea “Billie” Karz, also a Covina resident, shares Caster’s outlook. “Volunteering
stimulates you,” she says. Fifteen years ago,
when her longstanding volunteer group at
the California Science Center was dissolved,
she created her own volunteer role.
“I went into the office and I told them that
I wanted to do something,” Karz recalls. The
young man behind the desk was stumped.
So Karz pointed to a stack of files: She could
take care of those, she declared. Now, she drives from Covina
to downtown Los Angeles every Wednesday at 6: 30 a.m., lets
herself into the office, and spends the morning organizing files.
The staff affectionately refers to her as Miss Billie.
“I love it,” she says. “I love the people. My reward is in the
way they treat me.”
At the Masonic Home, Karz sorts resident mail, leads tours,
and considers herself on-call for other odd jobs. She recently
offered to help with filing for a child advocacy program that is
held on campus.
Volunteerism is something she learned very early on, she
says, by watching her mother and grandmother. “Giving back
was just a way of life,” she says. “If you had time to play, you
had time to give. ”
“I think the good Lord gives us each the ability to do some-
thing,” Karz says. “The least we can do is share it.”
RESIDENT RUTH CASTER ENJOYS VOLUNTEERING AT THE MASONIC HOME AT
COVINA’S CAMPUS GENERAL STORE, WHERE SHE HAS MADE MANY FRIENDS.
COVINA RESIDENT BILLIE KARZ SORTS MAIL AND LEADS TOURS ON THE MASONIC
HOMES CAMPUS – AND ALSO VOLUNTEERS AT THE CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER.