Robert (Bob) R.
Nominated by Jenne Long
Nikiski Senior Center
Length of Service:
40+ hours per month for 3 years
Adult Learning Programs of Alaska
Length of Service:
20 hours per month for 3 years
March 13, 2013
I believe Bob should be recognized as an outstanding Alaska Senior volunteer. He moved to Nikiski after his mother, wife, and sister died. He stayed with his brother for several months and then started going to the Nikiski Senior Center. He was a gardener and took a class with his brother. He then began to work on the memorial garden at the senior center. He has helped so many people in the community. When an elderly senior center member needed help walking her dog, he took on the responsibility. When the weather is bad he routinely checks on several people to see if they need help shoveling snow. When a couple of the local non-profits need help with cleaning, hauling water, shoveling snow, or planting flowers he is always there to help. Another disabled senior center woman has crippling arthritis and Bob is continually running errands for her. When any local non-profit needs a hand all they need to do is call Bob and he is there to help. He is retired from the military and has this service mentality towards his fellow citizens. He never asks for anything, even "Thanks for the help." He recently described the people of Nikiski as the nicest folks he has ever met and said in the last few years he has developed more friends than he has ever had in his entire life. He is the person who everyone in the community knows that if they are in a bind, he is there to help. He has even helped some of the seniors babysit grandkids when they have been overwhelmed and needed help. He is a board member of the Nikiski Senior Center. I would guess he continually volunteers 18-22 hours every week and has done so the entire time I have known him. He goes to functions all over the Kenai Peninsula and is willing to help by take others with disabilities to functions.
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