Seniors: Harry Steinert
For Harry Steinert, a volunteer at the Carson City Senior Citizens Center, volunteering satisfies a certain need for him – a need to be around people.
“I like to be around people,” said Steinert. “Not constantly, but some of the time.”
Steinert volunteers at the center two days a week, Monday and Friday. He has been selected as the center’s Senior Volunteer of the Week.
Steinert arrives at the center at 8 a.m. and heads straight to the dining room to begin his work.
“I help set up the tables and chairs in the dining room. And after the meals, put dishes into the carts and take them to the kitchen. It’s sort of like galley busing.”
Steinert has been in Carson City about 20 years, having moved here from Sparks with his wife Beverly. Together, they have six children, three each from previous marriages. Steinert is a retired business instructor from Western Nevada Community College.
“I was in administration for about 27 years. I was in Colorado for six years, at the University of Nevada, Reno for seven years, and the remainder in Carson City (at WNCC). I was director of admissions when I retired.”
Then Steinert decided to teach. He found teaching a completely different situation from administration.
“You’re working face to face with the students, rather than on paper or on the computer.”
His constant contact with the students may be the reason for wanting continued contact with others. Whatever the case may be, his commitment to volunteering fills a need for the senior center.
“I think this is a great place. It’s kept up well and offers a lot of activities. There’s something going on all the time.
“And they have other things they provide. Like at tax time, they offer tax advice and help from trained volunteers. There is a Social Security representative, plus you can have your blood pressure checked. Lots of stuff, too numerous to mention.”