Larry, why did you decide to become a volunteer?

I retired in 2012, and shortly afterward, I felt that I needed to find a way to stay active. In 2014, I saw an email about RSVP volunteer opportunities and that is when I decided to get involved. It’s not good to sit around and watch television—it’s simply not healthy emotionally. I enjoy the social interaction as a volunteer. You make good friends along the way.

What has made the biggest impression on you?

I have volunteered as a Provide-A-Ride driver, on the Post
Adjudication Review Board, and at Mercy Hospital. In all three situations, I have seen people who are in very difficult circumstances. Some of the kindest people I have met have been the Provide-A-Ride clients. The low-income seniors who receive rides to their medical appointments are always so grateful for anything you do for them. At the hospital, some of the sickest patients you meet are people who show so much grace and courage during their
difficult time. You have to respect how they deal with it. I hope I have half their courage. Volunteering has made me appreciate the good things I have all the more.

How would you encourage others to volunteer?

When you volunteer, you will see examples of people’s courage that will inspire you for your own life. What I enjoy the most from volunteering is that it takes you beyond yourself—it gives you something to think about other than your troubles.