The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 1, 2001 · Page 24
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KANSAS STATE COLLEGIAN TUESDAY, MAY 1,2001 Kashkin tracks his volunteer hours In this logbook. - . ^ * Two-year-old Olivia Stewart gets help from Leon Kashkin during dinner at First Christian Church. Every Wednesday night during t|ie school* year, Kashkin helps with the Logos program at the church. ' ', ^' • Leon Kashkin goes around the room and helps each child say a prayer before dinner at the Logos program at First Christian' Church. Kashkin has been volunteering In Sallna for the last 10 years. 71-year-old man spends more than 1,200 hours each year as volunteer ABOVE; Elsie Kashkin (right), wife of Leon, sometimes does volunteer work with him. RIGHT: Kashkin gets a hug from Kara VanWagnmer when she arrives at Bible study during the Logos program at First Christian Church. PHOTO STORY BY STEVEN DEARINGER i olunteering was Leon Kashkin's only I option. f After five back surgeries, he could not work full-time anymore. But he could volunteer. So for the last 10 years that's what he has been doing. "It's better than sitting at home and watching TV," Kashkin said. "1 get pure enjoyment from knowing that I can help people and make it easier for them. I like helping people when they need help the most." Kashkin, 71, is one of the top volunteers in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, which is part of the Volunteer Connection in Salina. Last May he was one of three Salina-region winners of the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, which recognizes volunteers for their efforts. The last three years he also has been awarded the Angel Award from RSVP for volun-' teering more than 1,200 hours each year, an average of more than 23 hours a week. In March, T7 . Kashkin put in 147 hours of volunteer work. 1 "Leon is really an unusual volunteer," said 1 Nancy Klostermeyer, director of Volunteer ' Connection. "He is really driven. The service that he provides really livens up any area he is working in." Kashkin works around Salina, but spends ' most of his time at the Salina Regional Health '' Center's intensive care waiting room, gift shop " and foundation. He also spends time each week at the First Christian Church. And when the need arises, he works vrith other volunteer organizations, too. Working a variety of jobs keeps the volun- '' teering from becoming too repetitive, he said. '' Kashkin is one of more than 400 senior volunteers in RSVR " The numbers of volunteers are evidence that' senior citizens still have a lot to give to the community, Klostermeyer said. " Kashkin said all he needs is a big smile and a thank you, nothing else, to know his work is appreciated. "I'm not going to sit around and keep the ; chair warm," Kashkin said. "If the good Lord '' keeps me going, I've got another 20 years." ' Kashkin takes a minute away from work to shake a hand as he volunteers at a basketball tournament. keeps me going, I've got another 20 years." Leon Kashkin

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