by Allison Rossi Utter, Volunteer & Community Outreach Manager
Always willing to go the “extra mile,” transportation driver John Lupanoff is our May Volunteer of the Month.
“John Lupanoff is an excellent choice for volunteer of the month” says Trish Brown, Transportation Manager. “He is kind and considerate to clients and other drivers. He asks to wash the vehicle when needed which is very helpful.”
John has been a transportation volunteer with Senior Services since 2013. John says, “I retired and wanted to contribute to the city.” John explained, “I had friends that drove and liked it so I figured I would give it a try.” He has donated over 1,210 hours to transporting seniors in the last 9 years. John is currently driving seniors two days a week. Trish raved about John, “He always asks if we need any help on other days and is willing to help where it is needed.”
John moved to Midland from downstate in 1969 for a teaching job. He retired from teaching after 36 years. He spent his entire career at one school, Northeast teaching History and Dramatics. John has been married for 54 years. They have a grown son and daughter along with 2 granddaughters and a great granddaughter. John declared, “We started our family early.”
When he isn’t volunteering for Senior Services, he volunteers as a Preacher for the Midland Church of Christ. John also enjoys golfing, RVing and cruising in his Corvette. John finds his volunteering very rewarding. Whether it is volunteering for his Church or Senior Services, John says, “Volunteering allows me to meet lots of people and make relationships with them.”
Transportation drivers provide rides, in Senior Services vehicles, to older adults who have limited options for transportation. Our trained volunteer drivers provide friendly “arm to lean on” service throughout Midland County. Whether it’s a doctor’s office or a ride to the grocery store, we’ll get you to those places and more. Advance reservations are required and medical appointments receive top priority.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, call Allison at (989) 633-3741. For services or other information, call Senior Services at (989) 633-3700.
John, you are part of our volunteer family. Thank you for your dedication and your volunteer spirit! Congratulations on being chosen as the Volunteer of the Month!
We Need Volunteers!
Senior Services is in need of Friendly Visitor, Shopping, Meals on Wheels drivers, Transportation drivers and Handyman volunteers. If you choose to volunteer with us, you will be embarking on a rewarding adventure that will have a huge impact on the older adults of Midland County! And you will join one of the finest groups of people we know – our experienced, trusted and valued volunteers!
The Activity & Dining Centers and Seasons are always looking for any and all kinds of entertainment. Do you play an instrument? Do magic? Puppets? Call Allison if you are interested in volunteering to share your talent at our Centers and Seasons!
Visit us at www.SeniorServicesMidland.org to fill out a volunteer contact form or call Allison Rossi Utter, Volunteer and Community Outreach Manager, at 989-633-3741.