Phil Griffith - Retired Businessman & Meals on Wheels Volunteer
Long-time volunteer Phil Griffith started every morning reciting this phrase: “Today is yours. God has given it to you. All your yesterdays He has taken back. All your tomorrows are not promised. Only this day is yours. Use it.” Then he proceeded to drive himself to Senior Services – each and every weekday – to pick up and deliver his Meals on Wheels route. At 99 years of age, Phil was older than most of the clients he delivered to. He drove himself to each house, slowly getting out of his car, carefully balancing himself with his cane in one hand and a hot meal in the other. At each home, he greeted the people who also became his friends. His clients eagerly await his arrival, anticipating not only their lunch but the chance to chat and share his joy in life.
“He was so nice and friendly!” exclaimed one recipient. “I could count on my meal to be right on time every day. He was so full of joy. That he was volunteering at 99 motivated me, so I get up and do something every day.
“I’ve gotta do it,” Phil would say earnestly. “It keeps me going.”
Phil continued his daily delivery up until he passed away in early 2017 just a few months shy of his 100th birthday. In 2017 Senior Services honored Phil posthumously with the Friends of Senior Award. A luncheon was held in his honor as his beloved daughters accepted the award in his memory. Phil’s spirit remains strong among both staff and volunteers who were fortunate enough to know him personally. His energy and zest for life embodied the mission of all Senior Services programs which is to allow older adults the opportunity to lead quality lives while continuing to make positive contributions to the community.