Robert Lehman of Delta was the Gold Award winner in the annual Northwest Ohio Outstanding Senior Volunteer Awards sponsored by Medical Mutual.
A luncheon, held May 17 at the Inverness Club, honored senior citizens from the Toledo area, age 60 and over, who volunteer their time in a selfless, caring manner and are committed to enhancing the quality of life for people in their communities.
Lehman has been a medical transporter for the Fulton County Senior Center since 2015. Every weekday he transports senior citizens to and from appointments and medical facilities, sometimes completing seven transports in one day. Last year, he and his wife, Lenore, voluntarily purchased a handicap-accessible mini-van and donated it to the senior center. The availability of the new van helped increase the number of wheelchair-transported seniors by 400 percent in 2016.
In addition, Lehman has volunteered his time to provide educational programs to five Fulton County senior center sites, offering helpful driving tips for seniors. His passion for senior safety and making a positive difference in people’s lives has made him the most requested driver by Fulton County seniors.
In addition to Lehman, the other top award winners and the organizations they serve include:
• Art Dorf (Platinum award), Toledo Zoo Educator Program:
Dorf, nominated by the Toledo Zoo Educator Program, was presented the platinum award. Since 1994, he has volunteered as a zoo educator, donating more than 10,000 hours of service. Over the course of his zoo volunteer career, he has supported almost every type of program offered, including on-grounds or outreach classroom programs, on-grounds tours, special event support, new volunteer training and more.
• Darlene Jasas (Silver Award), Toledo Cultural Arts Center at the Valentine Theatre:
Darlene Jasas has been a volunteer at the Valentine Theatre since her retirement in 2001. She has logged more than 700 hours in seven seasons, increasing her participation to 178 hours in 2015-16. She helps as an usher and a ticket taker and always provides a friendly smile that patrons look forward to seeing.
• Clenastine Hamilton (Bronze Award), Red Hat Society Chapter 84002:
Hamilton has served as a mentor and role model to young women throughout her volunteer career. As a coach in the Federated Women’s God Loving Assisting Disciples (G.L.A.D.) group, she instills confidence in young girls by teaching them the importance of social etiquette and how to confidently interview. As a member of the Red Hat Society chapter, the New Hattitudes of Toledo, she dedicates her time to the Frank Troy Senior Center where she plays games, does crafts and visits with members.
Outstanding Senior Volunteer Award nominations are submitted by community organizations throughout the region that have first-hand knowledge of exceptional volunteers. These seniors exemplify Medical Mutual’s mission of improving our communities through service and leaving a positive legacy for future generations.