Isabel Willis honored as Greater Cleveland Volunteer's longest serving volunteer
Isabel Willis, is 99 years young, and an example to us all of what it means to age well. Isabel was born and raised in Harlem, NY, but Cleveland has been her home for a long time. Isabel is being honored this month by the Greater Cleveland Volunteers for being the longest serving volunteer the organization has ever had. Isabel has been volunteering with them since 1983 and has accrued over 25,000 hours of volunteer service over that time. Isabel for many of those years ran the snack bar at, what was then, the Golden Age Centers of Greater Cleveland, now the Rose Centers for Aging Well. Isabel is now "retired" from her snack bar job, but still comes to the center regularly to socialize and visit with friends. If you ask Isabel what is the secret to living so long, it is doing what brings you pleasure and working hard.
I am the Assistant Director for the Rose Centers for Aging Well. We are a non-profit with a senior center in the Collinwood neighborhood. We also deliver hot meals to homebound seniors Monday through Friday in the greater Collinwood area.