Clarence Boudreaux: Serving Sulphur seniors brings him joy

Published 10:00 am Tuesday, March 14, 2023

By Emily Burleigh

American Press

To give back to his found family, Clarence Boudreaux, 46, has dedicated his time to be a volunteer for the Sulphur community.

He donates a significant amount of his time to his church, Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church in Sulphur and the Sulphur Senior Center.

At LaSalette, he serves on the Bereavement Committee and regularly volunteers for events. However, he spends most of his time at the Calcasieu Council on Aging Sulphur Senior Center.

Boudreaux has been a regular volunteer at the Sulphur Senior Center for two years. The time that he spends there is special to him.

“Volunteerism at the Center means a lot to me.”

He began working with the Sulphur Senior Center after being exposed to their events through his family. “My mom and my aunts would go to the Sulphur Senior Center,” he explained. He soon started sponsoring Bingo at the center. Six times a year he hosts bingo events with “prizes, food and fun.”

He also helps out at the center’s monthly parties by serving food and photographing the event for their FaceBook page.

While volunteering, he feels connected to a community; he has found a second home. “When I go to the Sulphur Senior Center, I feel like family.”

He feels especially connected to those at the Sulphur Senior Center, as his grandparents have passed.

“My grandparents are no longer with me…I feel that they are my adopted grandmas and grandpas.”

Family has always been at the heart of Boudreaux’s generosity. His mother, Beverly Boudreaux, and late father, Cladomire Boudreaux Sr., inspired his love for altruism.

They taught him that there are no limitations on giving back to the community. “My dad would say no matter how little or how much money you have, you should help someone out or give to the community… and if you don’t have any money, do it in another way.”

This other way is kindness, and is what Boudreaux embodies. He believes everyone has the ability to “show your love and compassion to someone that may be in need in your community.”

He believes there are no limits to altruism and aims to serve as an example.

“I really hope that this will inspire someone to help their community no matter what age you are.”

There are many ways to volunteer for the center, such as donating food to the food pantry and helping at events, Boudreaux said.

To learn more about how to help at a regional senior center, contact CCOA at 337-474-2583.