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May 18, 2012 > Ellioff receives Outstanding Volunteer Award

Ellioff receives Outstanding Volunteer Award

Submitted By Samira Hamid

The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that on Saturday, May 3, 2012 the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts (CARPD) presented Hayward Senior Center long-time volunteer, Mr. Joel Ellioff with the 2012 Outstanding Senior Award. Mr. Ellioff was selected by CARPD for his outstanding, dedicated and consistent volunteer service for over 12 years in the Districts Senior/Active Adult Programs.

Among the various programs that Joel volunteers his time include: both senior centers nutrition programs, canning class instructor, woodshop class lead instructor and a volunteer senior trips van driver. Recently, Joel has been instrumental role in making sure that Hayward Senior Center woodshop equipment is safe for the volunteers and participants to use. Additional he ensures that all wood shop participants sign up for the woodshop safety course and then works side by side with the participants making sure they are practicing the safety measures they learn in class.

In addition to his volunteer time with HARD, Joel also volunteers with other community organizations. Joel volunteers many hours with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), where he volunteers to organize a large crab feed, with proceeds benefiting the next generation scholarship. He also volunteers with the local Chabot Community College, where he leads seminars and workshops.

The CARPD awards this prestigious award based on the excellent volunteer efforts Joel provides the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District. The District benefits from Joel's volunteer efforts as he is dependable and highly respected for his efforts on behalf of the Park District to maintain the high quality programs that enrich the quality of life for our community, especially senior citizens. The District Board of Directors honored Mr. Ellioff for receiving this prestigious award at their regular Board meeting on May 14.

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