Love In Motion
Leonides “Leo” loves to work hard. A roofer by trade, he is used to physical work and is passionate about staying active. After retiring two years ago, Leo came to enjoy SeniorServ’s Lunch Program in Fullerton and began his second career…as a volunteer.
Leo was recognized last year for the “Presidential Volunteer Service Gold Level Award”, the highest honor reserved for volunteers who serve 500+ hours in a year. Leo averages 120 volunteer hours per month, far exceeding requirements for gold status. In recognition for his service, 69-year-old Leo received a special pin, letter from the President, and a special gift from SeniorServ.
Leo is love in motion. He is a humble man who does whatever is needed to help the lunch program run smoothly. He carries heavy trays, helps in the kitchen, sets up computers for registration, decorates for parties, cleans spills, and makes coffee. Leo demonstrates great customer service and is very friendly. He has referred ten of his friends to the lunch program and they all enjoy eating there regularly.
Leo likes talking with people and takes special interest in practicing words he learns from participants of varying ethnicities including English, Chinese and Korean. (Leo is a Spanish speaker.)
Site Manager, Patricia Serrano, feels very fortunate to have Leo’s help. She said, “He is very valuable and he is always here when we need him. Leo never says ‘no’ to whatever we ask him to do.”
This has been Leo’s first volunteer experience. He says “I like working hard and staying active. This is good exercise. I will be volunteering as long as my body is able!”