‘I have truly loved this job’: Stalwart volunteer Evelyn Culver leaving Goshen COA post

  • Evelyn Culver, the retiring director of the Goshen COA, during one of her last events, serving curbside St. Patrick’s Day meals on Tuesday with Roxanne Cunningham. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Evelyn Culver, the retiring director of the Goshen COA, during one of her last events serving curbside St. Patrick's Day meals on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. —STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Evelyn Culver, the retiring director of the Goshen COA, takes a break from one of her last events serving curbside St. Patrick's Day meals on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. —STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Evelyn Culver, the retiring director of the Goshen COA, takes a break from one of her last events serving curbside St. Patrick's Day meals on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. —STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

Staff Writer
Published: 3/9/2022 8:50:59 PM
Modified: 3/9/2022 8:50:26 PM

GOSHEN — Evelyn Culver, who has served the town for decades in professional and volunteer roles and led the Council On Aging throughout the pandemic, is stepping down from her position as COA coordinator. Her last day of work will be March 12.

“It’s time for me to retire,” Culver said. “I love my job, but it’s something that I can’t handle anymore.”

Culver, who is turning 75 this summer, has headed the COA for nearly five years, the latest in a long line of positions she has held in town.

“It just seems like I’ve done something for the town my entire adult life,” Culver said.

Culver earlier served on the Council on Aging’s board, as an election warden for 14 years and on Goshen’s bicentennial committee.

“I’ve always been on some kind of committee,” Culver said.

Additionally, Culver has been the secretary for the Goshen Women’s Club for more than two decades. A lifelong resident of Goshen, Culver has three children, 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren — with another on the way.

“She is going to be so missed,” said Kristen Estelle, Goshen’s town clerk. “She’s like everyone’s mom.”

Estelle said Culver has a personality that makes people feel they can ask her or tell her anything.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with her the past five years,” Estelle said.

As COA coordinator for the entirety of the pandemic, Culver said the job became “more involved” at times.

“We tried to help the seniors in whatever way we could,” she said, recalling how the COA would deliver goodie bags to seniors during this period.

“We tried to include the seniors being home alone,” Culver said.

The bags included items such as masks, tissues and coloring books, and Estelle said Culver helped to come up with the idea for them with the COA board.

Culver also mentioned the curbside luncheons the COA launched during the pandemic. Estelle said the Goshen COA was the first council on aging to do this and that it inspired other towns to follow its lead.

“She’s just such an ideas person,” Estelle said.

The COA also held some outdoor social events last year, which Culver said were a success.

“I’m hoping the person that takes over will continue to have social events for my seniors,” she said.

Estelle said that she has heard from several people interested in the coordinator position, and she’s not worried about it being filled. Those who have an interest in the part-time position should email the Select Board at selectboard@goshen-ma.us .

“I truly have loved this job as the COA coordinator,” Culver said. “It’s been very rewarding.”

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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