Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Joe Amato, age 93

Meet Joe Amato. At age 93, Joe tells us Amato means “to be loved” in Italian. Indeed, Joe exemplifies his name. Joe’s been volunteering with us for over 7 years. His friend Mike (now “moved upstairs” as Joe says) brought him here because Mike believed volunteering at Second Harvest was fun, good exercise and a great way to help others.

Talking to Joe is like taking a step back in history; born May 16, 1916 at home on Alma Street, Joe speaks of a time when the air and water were so pure you could ride down Almaden Road on your bike and drink water right from the curbside!

Joe’s a firm believer that when your cycle is up, it’s up – so no need to fret. “Just stay busy, help others, eat healthy. “Kelp is great for you” he advises!

Joe says volunteering at Second Harvest is great because he’s got nice people to talk to, he gets his exercise and it’s a lot of fun. You know, his friend Mike was right. Thanks Mike, for helping us and for bringing us Joe.

- Kris Sulpizio, Director of Volunteer Services