Scottsdale Salutes city volunteer Linda Casey

Linda Casey

Linda Casey

After retiring from being a school teacher for 42 years, Scottsdale resident Linda Casey was in search of something to keep her busy. With the desire to give back and help others, Ms. Casey found herself becoming a volunteer in the city.

Now, she volunteers her talents as a teacher in the Vista del Camino Career Center, 7700 E. Roosevelt St. and HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center.

“I’m really a people person and I truly want to give back,” said Ms. Casey in a Dec. 1 phone interview. “I am one that has to be busy.”

Ms. Casey said when looking for something to do, a friend recommended the hospital.

“I knew I didn’t sit well, and I thought ‘I can’t be one of those people sitting at a desk,’” said Ms. Casey.

Luckily, the hospital found a job that suited her well: Restocking the emergency rooms. Ms. Casey volunteers at the hospital and the career center once a week.

“I really do enjoy both places that I volunteer every week and meeting a whole different group of people,” said Ms. Casey.

At the career center she helps people on the computer, apply for unemployment and set up an e-mail account, among a variety of other duties.

“I teach a class every Tuesday about computer basics,” said Ms. Casey. “I’m usually there to help individuals with whatever they need.”

Ms. Casey said the career center provides a lot of information for residents, on everything from job fairs, to places hiring, to resume proof reading.

“The career center event has a career closet that has clothing in a variety of sizes for nice things to wear to an interview,” said Ms. Casey.

Ms. Casey has been volunteering for the career center since 2008 and believes it is a necessary resource in the community.

“It fills a real need, I think,” said Ms. Casey. “It’s good they can do that without it costing them anything — they can ride the trolley down there and come in.”

Before becoming a volunteer she worked as a teacher in Scottsdale, Durango, Colo., and taught gifted students for about 25 years in Mesa.

She also worked an extra job as a GED teacher for adults.

Ms. Casey also enjoys reading, sewing and knitting. She is married with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

To become a volunteer in Scottsdale, visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov.

Northeast Valley News Services Editor Melissa Rosequist can be e-mailed at mrosequist@newszap.com or can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/mrosequist_.

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