If we didn’t have volunteers things wouldn’t get done, and people would be too inside themselves.
Eveleen Barcomb has spent much of her life helping others. Not only in her service to her community, but also in her career. After growing up in Massachusetts and getting married out of high school, she got a job at a bank. She became passionate about banking and spent 23 years in the industry.
As her bank started going through a merger, she saw an opportunity to get out of the business, while still able to support people’s financial stability. She became an independent contractor in the financial services field, helping with a Financial Needs Analysis (a complimentary “financial GPS”) that people need to get on track. Eveleen says the work was immediately rewarding as she was directly helping people and not lining the pockets of big banks. Now in her 20th year, she still loves it and is not slowing down any time soon!
It was in 2013 that she came across AARP’s volunteer and leadership programs. After exploring the many volunteering opportunities, she decided in 2014 to take the AARP Senior Leadership Class to find ways to reach out to seniors at the community level, and hasn’t looked back since. She is now the Lead Volunteer for the greater Manchester, NH area. Eveleen, together with her team of enthusiastic volunteers, executes (and volunteers) at a number of programs in the community, addressing such issues as transportation and caregiving for seniors, while also providing many entertaining events at a discounted or free basis.
“I’m going to be there some day myself (wait a minute, I AM there!) and it’s important that those of us who are still able do our share to support seniors,” said Eveleen. ”I feel if I can lend a hand now, it will be there when I need it. There are a lot of things happening in this world and AARP helps get volunteers on the bandwagon of helping others.”
In addition to her work with AARP, Eveleen is also very involved in her housing cooperative, having served as Vice President of the Board of Directors, as well as Vice President of the Social Club, which helps manage and plan activities for the residents of this 55+ cooperative community. In her free time she loves to read, bike (having rode in the Maine Lighthouse Ride for the past 2 years, 25 miles and 40 miles, respectively, with sights on a 60 mile ride this September), cross country ski, and dance! She says she is willing to try anything (well, almost anything) once! Her daughter and best friend, Melissa Hannaford, will be joining her on the cruise.