Elton Fenno is a retired resident of Walla Walla, Washington. For over 20 years, Mr. Fenno has been volunteering with the Blue Mountain Action Council, a nonprofit action agency that works with low-income people to achieve their self-sufficiency by providing vital self-help techniques, advocacy and financial assistance.
Since March of 1992, Mr. Fenno has contributed over 4,000 hours of service to the residents of a local nursing home. For many years, Mr. Fenno picked up USDA commodities for 45-50-elderly/disabled shut-ins who did not have access to monthly food distribution. He also salvages bread from local grocery stores and distributes it to local food pantries on a regular weekly basis. Mr. Fenno was also a major leader in establishing the Lifeline program in the Walla Walla Valley. The program focuses on assisting needy seniors through telephone assistance for medical and/or emergency needs with the local hospital.
In addition to his work with the Blue Mountain Action Council, Mr. Fenno volunteers with a local senior citizens center and participates in the annual Christmas Bazaar. He also assisted in the reorganization of the board of directors for the Senior Citizens Center. Mr. Fenno spends numerous hours volunteering with The St. Vincent DePaul parish. He and his wife assist with the preparation for the annual community Thanksgiving Day Dinner.