September 9, 2013
A retired librarian is using one of his favorite hobbies to make a difference for seniors at The Senior Center in Charlottesville. In this week's Stephanie's Heroes CBS19's Stephanie Satchell is featuring Beverly Whitlock who's been volunteering in the center's travel office for more than two decades.
The travel office at The Senior Center is Beverly Whitlock's home away from home.
For the past 22 years, he's been volunteering there. He even donated his time when he was too young to become a member.
"I really wanted to do something for the community," said Beverly Whitlock, Volunteer, The Senior Center.
Since then, he's been arranging trips for seniors, helping them plan their itinerary and escorting them on the journey.
"I say, I work for my coffee. That's my pay and I drink a lot of it," said Whitlock.
All joking aside, he's assisted with hundreds of trips. He travels around central Virginia and abroad.
"It keeps me from doing other things like shopping and all the things that cost me more money," said Whitlock.
Whitlock says not only is this a fun experience, vacationing and going on day trips around the Commonwealth is a chance to help seniors mentally and physically.
"It's always very important. We're always trying to improve the mind. It keeps you going. We need activity. We need to keep moving and travel is one of the best ways because you're learning and relaxing," said Whitlock.
When he's not in the office registering members for a new adventure, he can be found in the community spreading the word about The Senior Center.
"Whenever I am out in the community, I always ask seniors are you a member of The Senior Center, talk about The Senior Center. In fact that's about all I live for is The Senior Center," said Whitlock.
Although a senior himself, he still insists on giving back to other seniors.
Whether it's updating a reservation in the office or travelling around the globe, he hopes that everything he's done over the past two decades has made a difference and inspired members to get out and see the world.