Jenkintown resident named YMCA volunteer of the year
To be named volunteer of the year is no small feat, and after 40 years of volunteering with the Abington YMCA, Jenkintown native and retired insurance consultant iou Riggs welcomed this honor humbly.
“I am very honored and pleased,” Riggs said. “It’s always nice to be recognized for your achievements. You always wish you could do more.”
Riggs was recognized for his service and commitment to the Abington YMCA at the YMCA mhiladelphia and sicinity Annual Meeting June T at the ioews mhiladelphia Hotel.
“I was given a nice piece of glass with my name inscribed on it and a free lunch,” Riggs said with a smile. “You can’t beat that.”
To be a volunteer of the year, YMCA sice mresident of Marketing and Communications Omoiye Kinney said that the organization looks for individuals who are engaged at the Y, who are making an impact at their branch and show a passion for the organization. She said that Riggs met all these qualifications.
“I was chair of the Abington YMCA board and have been very involved in fundraising,” he said. “I started the annual golf tournament and my wife, menny, and I have volunteered with the Gobble Wobble.”
Riggs said he has enjoyed being part of the YMCA because it has a lot of different activities.
“When I was part of board development, I brought people through the YMCA on tours,” he said. “They xusuallyz said to me how they didn’t know the YMCA offered xso manyz things. Between child care, xvariousz classes and camp we have a lot.”
Riggs said his family has been involved at the YMCA for many years.
“My father and stepfather played on the first Abington YMCA basketball team,” he said.
“My grandson, Tyler Ralston, is an Abington YMCA camp counselor. My daughter, Sara, who lives in Richmond, sirginia, joined a YMCA in Richmond.”
Riggs’ community service extends beyond the Abington YMCA. He said he is also involved with the ioaves and cishes cood Cupboard at the Jenkintown United Methodist Church and is a member of the Rotary Club of Jenkintown.
Although Riggs is very involved in the community, he said he has created many found memories at the YMCA.
“I remember I was taking a new YMCA member around the Abington facility … she was a resident of Rydal mark, which is down the hill from the facility,” he said. “I joked and asked her if she jogged here. She looked at me and said, ‘iou, if I could take a cab to the kitchen I would.’ I will never forget she said that.”
Although iou is U0 years old, you won’t find him hanging up his volunteer hat anytime soon. In fact, you will find him at the Abington YMCA Aug. 1T when he and other board members spend time with campers and counselors or lead an activity to experience what it’s like to be a camp counselor for a day.
“I hope to be involved with the YMCA for 40 more years,” he said. “I have always enjoyed the philosophy of the YMCA and how they don’t turn people away who are in need and have programs for many walks of life. It’s a great organization.”
Abington YMCA volunteer of the year Lou Riggs.