You will find Roger Slugg making special deliveries around town three days a week – every week. "Since November 16th of '06," he says with a smile. With hundreds of boxes in tow, the retired pharmacist volunteers with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Each box he lifts weighs 30 pounds and it supplies low income senior citizens with food that will help nourish them until Roger and the food bank team come back the next month. "They need help and I'm going to do what I can."
Exactly one week after retiring, Roger started clocking in at a number of organizations – for free. He has volunteered ever since he was a child; His parents encouraged it to expose him to all walks of life. They, too, gave of their time. "My dad lived to be 83. When he was 80, he was still pushing people in wheelchairs at the hospital that were half his age, so that's my goal." Roger is off to a good start. With the food bank alone, the 65 five year old averages between 500 and 600 volunteer hours a year!
This is not the organization counting on Roger. "Okay, I'll start on Sunday. I do Sparks P.D." Mondays he volunteers at the VA Hospital, Tuesdays through Thursdays he travels with the food bank and he rounds out the week at the Nevada Historical Society.
Roger volunteers seven days a week! He realizes the value of helping others, but he also admits volunteering fulfills him, which is why, selfishly, he says he will never quit. "Your feeling of self-worth is your reason for getting up every day and feeling happy at the end of the day."
Written by Kristen Remington