2019 SCHA Awards
Volunteer Hero - People's Choice

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Mary Lum

Position: Volunteer

Organization: Fountain Valley & Huntington Beach Senior Centers


List your nominee's experience in Senior Care.
Mary has been volunteering at the Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach Senior Center for 14 years. She helps set up and serve food for the Senior Center Lunch program.

Describe how your Nominee has exceeded his or her Job Description, becoming a hero to you or others. Provide an example or as much detail as possible of the things that they do that go above and beyond their job description.
Just because 87-year-old Mary doesn’t drive anymore, it doesn’t stop her from volunteering every weekday for the Senior Center Lunch program. Mary is known as “the hip-walking lady” by many who see her on her daily trek sporting her uniform of gloves, long sleeves and a sun-protective hat. After walking a brisk 30 minutes from her home, Mary often joins the 9:00 am exercise class at the Fountain Valley Senior Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays before she helps with set-up and serves food. Other weekdays, Mary walks an hour each way to volunteer for the lunch program at the Huntington Beach Senior Center. Collectively between the two sites, Mary volunteered a total of 528 hours in 2018. Jessie, the Fountain Valley Site Supervisor, said, “Mary is definitely an asset and very dependable!”
“I really enjoy volunteering because I feel so good and can share my love,” said Mary, “I enjoy all the senior people.” Mary helps prepare the lunch tables, wraps cutlery, sets up beverages and does whatever is needed, but serving is what she enjoys the most. “I know all the people there,” said Mary. I know where they sit and what they like to eat and drink. I like to say ‘hello’ and serve them.”
Mary began coming to the lunch program following the loss of her husband over 14 years ago. “I needed to leave the house and go senior help people. They are like my family,” she said.


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5.0  (57)
Mary Lum 2019-08-20 16:59:29 John doe
Voted by SCHA Community Member    August 20, 2019

What an adorable volunteer!

Mary Lum 2019-08-05 10:01:41 K Pace
Voted by SCHA Community Member    August 05, 2019

Mary is such an AWESOME volunteer! Always smiling and ready to lead a helping hand to anyone who needs it!!! She makes my day at the Senior Center in Huntington Beach when I see her smiling face come through the door!!!

Mary Lum 2019-08-02 15:31:15 Susan Papiri
Voted by SCHA Community Member    August 02, 2019

Mary is an inspiration!

Mary Lum 2019-08-02 09:30:13 Jessie Trejo
Voted by SCHA Community Member    August 02, 2019

I absolutely give this wonderful lady so much honor and respect. She is the most kindest, sweetest and caring person I have ever met. When I first started as a Sit Manager for Ftn Valley, she was very attentive and showed me the ropes. Her words to me were, your ok, you are going to be the BEST. I felt so comforting and felt I can do this! Mary is always so attentive to our Seniors, she knows who likes coffee, tea, cream, and sugar and makes sure they are served to there liking. Everyone appreciates her and Ftn Valley Senior center would never be the same without her.