Valentine’s Day: Couples say volunteering together strengthens relationship

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Volunteering together may be an unorthodox way to celebrate a relationship around Valentine’s Day, but Fishers couple Jim and Maddie Bromley and Noblesville couple Dale and Jean Morris say the act of giving back has not only strengthened their relationships, but also given them something to do in retirement.

Dale and Jean Morris have been volunteering at Conner Prairie for five years. (Submitted photo)

Both couples spend time volunteering at Conner Prairie, an interactive history museum at 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers. The Morrises help with special events and the Bromleys began their time at Conner Prairie through gardening.

“It’s nice to go together. We don’t always volunteer together, but we both do things separately at Conner Prairie,” Jean said. “But if we volunteer for Symphony on the Prairie or special events, we usually go together. It is fun, and we get to know the same people that way and build relationships with people there.”

The Morrises began to volunteer at Conner Prairie approximately five years ago when they both retired. The museum was close to them, and Jean said they always liked it there.

The Bromleys have a similar story, and when they reached retirement, they began searching for something to do. Tending to Conner Prairie’s gardens on Mondays, when the museum is closed, sparked some interest.

“We went to a volunteer fair, and gardening is something we both do, and that’s how we started volunteering,” Maddie said.

The Bromleys also volunteer for Conner Prairie’s special events like Symphony on the Prairie or the Follow the North Star production.

“We enjoy doing this together. It’s always fun,” Jim said.

“We’ve made friends through volunteering. It’s something we are able to do and enjoy, and it just so happens we do it together, and that’s an added bonus,” Maddie said.

To learn more about volunteering at Conner Prairie, visit connerprairie.org.

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