At almost 101 years old, Connie Dickinson spends her days volunteering with the Golden Triangle RSVP at Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas. Connie is essential to hospital visitors and is well-known throughout the facility.
“She is a testament to others what staying active can do for you,” says Penny Pearson, volunteer coordinator with Golden Triangle RSVP. “Connie always has a positive attitude and truly loves volunteering.”
The Golden Triangle Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) promotes the utilization of the time and talents of persons 55 and over as community resources through volunteerism. The program provides a variety of volunteer opportunities at non-profit organizations and government agencies throughout Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties.
Through Golden Triangle RSVP, Connie has volunteered at Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas for 25 plus years and has over 12,000 volunteer hours. She volunteers 2- 3 days a week still driving her car there and home. For visitors to the hospital, Connie is a friendly face ready to greet them at the information desk. Penny adds, “Oh the hospital and community love her.”
Anyone who knows Connie greets her with a smile. It’s clear she lives to help people.
“Volunteering is a great way to keep you young and active. It makes me happy and gives me something to look forward to every day,” says Connie.
Connie retired from Sun Oil Company after 25 years in the company's accounting department. After retiring, Connie needed something to occupy her time, she didn't want to sit around the house doing nothing. She wanted to be with people. At the information desk where she volunteers, she comes into contact with many people, assisting in any way she can.
As a resident of Beaumont for the past 74 years, Connie currently lives at Calder Woods senior living community. She still drives herself to the hospital, grocery store and church – and she just passed her driver’s test giving her two more years of independence.
Giving back to her community and helping others keeps Connie motivated to continue volunteering even at her age. She says, “I feel I get more out of it than I give, at the end of the day, I feel like I've helped somebody.”
At 100 years young, Connie Dickinson has devoted the last 25 years to working at the hospital and shows no signs of stopping. When asked about retiring from Golden Triangle RSVP, Connie smiles and says, “I will hate the day I have to give this up. I love meeting so many people, hearing their stories and plan to keep volunteering as long as I can.”