MELBOURNE (Florida) – Edward Kidd covered 13,332 miles in 1742 hours of Meals On Wheels service.
Rockledge, Florida man travels two routes each Monday with Janet von Berg, his 73 years old daughter. He might be just a child model, but he is actually a century-old – because the motto ‘Engagement at any age’ “is the theme for Older Americans’ 2018. Many seniors see the chance to volunteer as a daily opportunity and their age does not matter.
Kidd stated, “I believe I will turn 101 in July because of how active I have been.”
Reverend David Rosenbaum, the pastor of the Redeemer Lutheran Church, stated that there is always room for volunteers. He is the Chairman of Brevard VOAD (Voluntary Organizations in Disaster Management).
Rosenbaum stated that “if they have the strength to serve, regardless of their age, there is always room where they can make a difference.” “In the back office, I deal with paperwork. I am here to support you. I am available to offer emotional support. We share our experiences. We share our experiences. ”
Linda Wells, who manages the Aging Matters program for Brevard, stated that the importance of Food on Wheels volunteers cannot be overstated.
Wells stated that Meals on Wheels volunteers have delivered 79.403 meals to 114 Brevard County seniors since January 2018.
Rob Raines, president of United Way of Brevard, stated that as local nonprofits are being asked to do more for the community, “we all are empowering ourselves with volunteers.”
He said, “I think about Helen Keller’s famous quote: Alone we cannot do so much, but together we can do so much.”
Raines says that United Way offers online volunteering at uwbrevard.org, which helps community members to connect with organizations. Summer reading mentors are needed, as well as STEM volunteers to help children learn science and math. Kidd is not the only senior who volunteers at once. Kay Coines (86) has had a tremendous impact on the lives of many students in Brevard’s public school system through Rolling Readers. This is a volunteer organization that promotes literacy and helps children.
In 1991, the former psychiatrist moved from New York to Brevard.
Coyne’s, a Cocoa Beach resident, said, “I wanted something in return, and not just sit back, have fun,” adding that she volunteers for Keep Brevard Beautiful.
Coyne’s volunteered for MADD the first time and saw an advertisement for Rolling Readers in the newspaper. This was a brand new organization at that time. Coyne’s a Pennsylvania native, loved reading from childhood.
Coyne’s, a mother to three and grandmother to six, said, “I thought, ‘This is a wonderful idea… I love being around the children,’”
She reads to Cape View Elementary School’s first-graders every Friday during the school year, almost 21 years after she was born.
John Anderson won’t allow his 1926 birth year, which is his age, to affect his active participation in society.
His Great Decisions Discussion Group, which he chairs on Merritt Island once a month, focuses on global issues. Retired nurse anesthesiologist, he is optimistic about local youth’s education and good deeds.
He is also a strong supporter of Central Brevard Sharing Center where he coordinates high school celebrations.
Anderson was 90 years old when he asked that his friends bring canned food to his birthday party.
Anderson, a former Republican leader in Brevard, said that he gets personal satisfaction from helping people and doing something for society.