Volunteer Roy Thayer Receives Johnson County Senior Volunteer of Year Award
For anyone to volunteer more than 220 hours helping one organization fulfill its mission is commendable. For those hours to be invested by one older adult investing into the lives of other older adults is remarkable. For that volunteer to be 93 years old is amazing. And that is exactly what Roy Thayer is- amazing.
The Social of Greenwood operates a food pantry for the primary use of those 50 and beyond in our community. Each month a crew of dedicated volunteers including Roy obtains stocks, restocks and distributes more than 8,000 pounds of food to food insecure seniors. Additionally, each month The Social of Greenwood prepares and serves a luncheon to more than 40 of its members. Roy is always a volunteer helping greet guests, plate food, and serve our diners. He also volunteers to assist with our monthly fellowship breakfasts as a server.
Though Roy has only volunteered at The Social of Greenwood for the past one year, his volunteerism dates back more than 50 years. He plowed the sidewalks around Northeast Schools for three years in the early 60’s. In 1964, he was the Ford Man of the Year for his community service. In the 1980’s he managed a girls’ softball team for 8 years and served as a volunteer Precinct 4 Committee Chairman.
At an age when many have either slowed down or nearly stopped, Roy serves a testimony that one can never grow too old to serve others. It’s due to his servant heart, dedication to our mission of enhancing the quality of life of those 50 and beyond in our community and his faithfulness to he serves is why he was just presented an award as the Johnson County Senior Volunteer of the Year by CICOA Aging and In- Home Solutions.
He is pictured here in the center between Orion Bell (l) President and CEO of CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions and Bob Goodrum, Executive Director of The Social of Greenwood.
The Social of Greenwood is located at 550 Polk Street and provides programs, activities and services designed to enhance the quality of life of those 50 and beyond in our community.