Gallery of Ageless Achievers inducts McKinley

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic

Larry McKinley of Cambridge and Richard Mattan of Geneseo were inducted into the Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging (WIAA) Gallery of Ageless Achievers.

Mattan was nominated by Hammond-Henry Hospital and its auxiliary for his volunteer work. McKinley was nominated by Hillcrest Home.

Mattan began volunteering at Hammond-Henry in 2002 and has volunteered more than 700 hours for the hospital.

His main responsibility has been as a shuttle driver. Not only does he provide transportation for patients and visitors from the parking lot to the hospital front door, but he also assists those at the front door who may need a wheel chair or other assistance in reaching their destination, said the hospitals’ volunteer manager Julie West.

“Richard has aided people with a variety of requests, such as helping with seat belts, changing flat tires, clearing snow and ice off windshields and offering a listening ear when his passengers need someone to talk to,” said West.

“Not only does he offer help to others, but he also inspires others to service. His example speaks volumes of the value of serving others. He is very generous of his time and talents. By his actions, he demonstrates a love of life and serving others, and he is an inspiration to many others,” said West.

McKinley has volunteered at Hillcrest Home for the past several years.

“He arrives just about every Wednesday morning with a variety of pastries, yogurt and coffee. He goes to the south-west sitting area and passes out the goodies to the ‘regulars’ who are awaiting his arrival. We have come to call this group ‘Larry’s Group,’” said Hillcrest Home administrator Mary Bergren.

“After the group has been served, he moves his cart on throughout the building serving both residents and staff. He is so very friendly and jolly and is able to bring a smile to everyone with whom he is in contact,” she added.

McKinley also serves as a volunteer driver for Hillcrest and takes residents on special outings or for lunch. Last year, he also helped residents sponsor a Staff Appreciation Day.

“(McKinley’s) serving attitude not only brightens our day, but inspires all of us to serve gladly as he does,” said Bergren.