This year the Geauga County Department on Aging’s Home Delivered Meals (HDM) volunteer, John Larker, was awarded the Honorable Mention Award at Medical Mutual’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer Awards Banquet. Award winners were recognized on Thursday, May 31 during a luncheon held at Hofbrauhaus in Cleveland.
This award recognizes extraordinary senior citizen volunteers in Ohio who enhance the lives of those around them, and John does just that– not just for the clients he serves, but also for the staff at the Department on Aging.
John Larker is a vital volunteer for the agency’s Home Delivered Meals Program. His giving spirit and cheerful character has forever changed the HDM program, the lives of the clients he serves and the staff at our agency. John’s dedication to the program surpasses what has ever been seen. He delivers meals up to five days a week and has delivered to all 18 HDM routes throughout the county. John has been an outstanding advocate for seniors in the community and has donated hundreds of hours and thousands of miles to the program.
John has taken his duties of delivering meals a step further and begun his own program of recognizing the HDM clients’ birthdays. John delivers flowers and a card on the birthdays of our clients. This is funded completely by him, without expected recognition and with a sole purpose of brightening someone’s day. There seems no challenge too big for John when it comes to helping others. The Department on Aging and all of Geauga County are forever thankful for John’s service and his contagious smile!