Congratulations to David Quirk, shown here with Penney President/CEO Teresa Scott, for being recognized as LeadingAge Florida’s Volunteer of the Year. The award was announced at LeadingAge Florida’s annual convention on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Boca Raton, FL.
Mr. Quirk, a retired Naval Officer and a resident since 2008, is one of Penney’s 474 residents, most of whom volunteer, either on campus or in the surrounding communities. Last year they gave more than 135,000 hours of their time and talents in service to others. Dave consistently:
- Spends countless hours helping fellow residents with organizing their finances and doing their income taxes
- Volunteers for the Honor Flight for Veterans, as well as helping residents apply for military benefits they might otherwise not receive
- Works with the Green Cove Springs State Attorney’s office as a hearing officer in the first-offender division programs for children and adults
- Serves as the Procurement and Supply Coordinator for PET (Personal Energy Transportation), a nonprofit housed at Penney which builds and donates hand-powered carts to people in third world countries who have lost the use of their legs
- Serves on the board of directors for the Orange Park Community Theatre and Penney Retirement Community
The Volunteer of the Year award recognizes the value of the volunteer who enhances the quality of life for residents; preserves the dignity, well-being and independence of residents; and demonstrates the mission of the member community in a number of ways.
Mr. Quirk embodies all of these values, and many more. LeadingAge Florida has approximately 400 member communities/organizations, and Penney Retirement Community is proud to have one of our residents selected for this honor.