Daily Point of Light # 2946 May 20, 2005

Daily Point of Light Award for
Older Americans Month – May 2005

Martin Pozeznik is one of the winners of a special judging of the Daily Point of Light Award being honored this May during Older Americans Month. Recognizing the contributions of older Americans, these awards celebrate 50+ volunteers who are making a difference by giving of their time, talent and experience to meet the critical needs of their communities.

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When you need an enthusiastic and dependable volunteer, look no further that Martin Pozeznik. As a member of RSVP since 1987, Martin has significantly contributed time, talent and creativity to help fulfill the agency’s mission.

Last year Martin was matched with a gentleman who was in the advanced stages of Parkinson’s Disease, and who frequently lost his balance and would find himself on the floor. Martin created a pulley system to help him with his mobility, and made sure things were within his reach. He often stopped by to either give a caregiver a break, or just to say hi because “I know he’s lonely and likes to see me.”

One afternoon when Martin was about to leave, his client looked up at him from his seat on the floor and said, “Come down here a minute, I want to give you a hug.” Martin got down on the floor and gave him a hug. It was the last time Martin saw him alive. He felt it was his responsibility and honor to attend the funeral of “his friend.”

Martin Pozeznik is 90 years old! It astounds me to think that he has been providing in home support to frail seniors and the disabled for 18 years! I have NEVER seen Martin wear anything but a smile on his face, nor have I ever heard him complain. He always has an up beat, positive attitude and a sunny disposition.

He loves what he does and encourages others to “…help someone out. We’re all going to need help sometime.” He is a joy to be around, and at an age when many seniors are looking for services, Martin is looking for seniors to serve. I would love to see him honored for his service to his community.