Volunteer Center

Westminster Village

Everyone loves a classic game of BINGO, especially Butler students! On February 22nd, eleven Butler volunteers gathered at  Westminster Village  to play Bingo and socialize with the elderly of the community. Westminster Village is dedicated to providing health care and residential services to senior adults of the Indianapolis area. By enhancing their spiritual, physical, and mental well-being, the employees of Westminster Village ensure that their members' needs are kept and respected. 

Westminster Village strives to create a welcoming environment stating, "it's all about the freedom to live your life the way you choose". This service project allowed for students to have direct interaction with the community of Westminster Village. Freshman Kevin Rhinesmith had a wonderful experience at Westminster Village, "getting to spend time with the elderly in our community is something that I rarely get the opportunity to do and I really enjoyed it. Hearing all the stories and simply getting to know the people that live at Westminster Village was terrific and I look forward to going back to volunteer there in the future". 

Volunteer Center Project Coordinator, Hannah Cianci, tries to organize service projects that address a wide range of community needs and social issues. This allows for Butler students to participate in specific service projects that interest them, which can change the perception of volunteering as a requirement or responsibility to an enjoyable experience. Cianci was very pleased with the volunteers' willingness to fully engage with the senior adults, "it was a great experience to be able to brighten up a few peoples' days just by playing Bingo with them".