National Volunteer Week: Man May Hold Record For Most Volunteer Hours
Throughout April, HuffPost Impact has been featuring stories of extraordinary volunteers for National Volunteer Month. Today, in honor of a nationally recognized week in support of public service, we've gathered some of the most remarkable stories in the nation. Know about a volunteer whom we don't? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your story.
Donn Moss, a man from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, may hold the record for most lifetime volunteer hours: 47,000. He's volunteered at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for 28 years, getting a ride from his wife, who works there as a nurse.
Moss started volunteering after he was in a car accident and was forced to retire.
"He was in a car accident and ended up having to retire. So he decided to volunteer in the department that helped him heal, the rehab department," said Susan Washabaugh, Director of Volunteer Services.
Shane Fleming, a 22-year-old from Saskatchewan, has spent the past three years volunteering with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The epileptic and autistic young man was having trouble focusing in school or finding work study programs that interested.
His love of animals made him a perfect fit with the SPCA. He now volunteers there four to five times each week.
The Star Phoenix reports:
Shane's duties include taking one dog at a time to the off-leash area and letting it run around for 10 to 15 minutes. When the weather is poor, he plays with them inside the shelter. He also takes the cats to their socializing room and watches over them as they run around. Shane's love for the animals is evident when he comes home asking if he can adopt a puppy, said Vivian.
It used to take Ray Foos 10 minutes to get through the front door of his house after arriving home from work. He is disabled and in a wheelchair. Though he never asked for help, over 150 volunteers, including many children from the elementary school where he teaches, chipped in to build Foos a ramp and a veranda.
His girlfriend Beth was overwhelmed with the community response.