LH Volunteer Receives State Award From Gov.

Monday October 23, 2017


Magnolia Bodley MI Sr. Volunteer of the Year.

     Lending Hand's long time volunteer, Magnolia "Maggie" Bodley received an award from Governor Snyder on August 21st..  Maggie was awarded Michigan Senior Volunteer of the Year.  The event took place in Detroit at the Detroit Opera House.

     Magnolia Bodley is an 81 year dynamo who has spent her entire life helping others. She raised five children and volunteered alongside them for the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and church youth groups.  She made sure they were raised in a stable environment, and has lived in the same home for over 50 years and attended the same church for 63 years.  

     For “Maggie” as she is fondly called, volunteering is a way of life and helping friends and neighbors is second nature. Her formal volunteering came about after she retired from the Upjohn Company. Maggie had undergone knee surgery and found it difficult to get around her house. She had heard about the ‘ Tuesday Toolmen’, a volunteer program of Senior Services, made up of retired carpenters and handy men who make minor home repairs to help seniors stay in their home for as long as possible.

     Maggie asked them to install some railings in her house to make it easier to get around.  “I told them when I got better I’d volunteer, “She said. True to her word, when Maggie recovered from her knee surgery, the first thing she did was join Senior Services’ ‘RSVP – Your Invitation to Volunteer’ program, which recruits volunteers 55 and better for community service. Since joining, Maggie has given over 5,116.25+ hours to make life a little better for people in her community.

     Maggie first began as a bulk mail volunteer, a program that utilizes volunteers to process mail for non-profits free of charge. Then she became an In Home Support volunteer and took frail homebound seniors grocery shopping and to medical appointments. Things were going great until a new program came into town that really turned her head.

     “Lending Hands”, an organization that loans home medical equipment free of charge to people in Southwest Michigan was just what she was looking for; she knew she had found her niche!  “Maggie was the first volunteer and is as passionate about it today as she was when she began in 2005!” says John Hilliard, President and CEO.  “She is our best recruiter, and goes above and beyond her responsibilities. People love her easy smile, sharp wit and sparkling personality. She’s such a comfort to people overwhelmed by an accident or illness. People not only leave with a piece of equipment, they leave with a new friend.”

     For Maggie, volunteering is just a way of life. She has given a total of 5,116.25+ hours to: Lending Hands, RSVP, Ecumenical Senior Center, Greater Kalamazoo Holiday Food Drive, Eastside Neighborhood Association, and the Kalamazoo Deacons Conference.


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