Wisconsin's Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year


by Sandra Torres

MILWAUKEE-- For the last 13 years, Phil Himmelfarb has been taking time out of his day, to volunteer at the Jewish Home and Care Center in Milwaukee.

Now his dedication to serve others is being recognized. Himmelfarb received an award for being "Wisconsin's Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year."

"When it comes right down to it, it's all about personal connection and that I can see from people having that personal touch," said Himmelfarb. "I benefit as well because everywhere I go I accumulate another friend and that does definitely feel good," he added.

Himmelfarb's work is now being rescognized by Home Instead Senior Care.

"This was a really proud moment, we are thrilled," said Beth Draper, Volunteer coordinator for the Jewish Home and Care Center. "He exudes energy, dedication, caring... he's so commited to the volunteer program."

Because of the award, the Jewish Home and Care Center received a $500 donation. In addition, they could receive another $5,000 donation if Himmelfarb wins the national competition.

"We think phil is an outstanding participant in the community through all his volunteer activities and we are very hopefull he'll be the national winner," said Herb Beighley, from Home Instead Senior Care.

Himmerfalb says it felt good to receive the award, but that's not all that matters.

"I saw it as a confirmation that as volunteers we are doing the right thing here," said Himmelfarb.



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