The Woodward News

January 15, 2014

Heart at Work: Volunteer stays busy at Grace


Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Many feel that there is no better way to occupy time than by devoting it towards helping others.

Leveta Dotterer is one of those people. Dotterer, 85, has been dedicating her time to Woodward's Grace Living Center since February of 2011.  Her volunteer work has made a very positive impact which can be seen as soon as anyone reaches the front door.  

Dotterer started spending time at the Grace Living Center while her husband was a resident there.  After his passing she decided to return to Grace and spend her time making a difference however she could.

 “I have worked all of my life.  I was in banking for over 40 years.  I don't like to be idle” Dotterer said.   Each day her daughter brings Dotterer to Grace Living Center and she remains there throughout the day doing everything she can to help out.

“She's very committed,” says Grace employee Shylah Arnold.  “All the residents know her and everyone likes her,” and “(we) worry if she's not here."

Dotterer doesn't have any predetermined tasks, but works on her own initiative. For instance, she has assumed responsibility for a variety of different plants at the center.

 “She trims our little trees, waters all the houseplants, she takes care of them," Arnold said.  

She also cleans windows, rakes leaves and assists residents and visitors with activities such as exercise.  

“If I see something that needs to be done, I do it, but I don't want to take work from anybody else,” Dotterer said.  

Those at Grace say Dotterer's help and dedication make a very positive impact on the lives of the residents and staff.  

Even guests can see evidence of her hard work during a trip to the front office, where there is a variety of plants that are well cared for, adding to the decor of the office.

It is work such as this that really shows that difference that Dotterer makes to improve the lives of everyone that is at Grace Living Center.

Dotterer said she takes joy in knowing that she can help and make life easier for the Grace residents and staff and there is little doubt she is successful in her endeavors, bringing a warmth that lifts everyone spirits.