October Volunteer Spotlight: Bruce Glasserman

This month’s Volunteer Spotlight belongs to one of our volunteers, Bruce Glasserman. Bruce began volunteering with HandsOn Broward as a freshman in high school. He first learned about HandsOn Broward through his school. “HandsOn Broward is listed on my school’s website. I started volunteering as a freshman and I’m currently a sophomore at Cooper City High School. Originally, my goal was to obtain the 40 hour minimum requirement for high school graduation, but after I was there for a while, I really liked it there and realized that I could obtain my Silver Cord, which is awarded to those who volunteer for a minimum of 250 hours.” Bruce has exceeded his 250 hours! He has a total of 272 hours through HandsOn Broward. Every month Bruce has been on our Top 10 Volunteers List. Bruce has done an amazing job volunteering!

Since November of 2014, Bruce has volunteered at Memorial Manor Nursing Home. Memorial Manor Nursing Home provides safe, quality, cost-effective patient- and family-centered care, regardless of one’s ability to pay, with the goal of improving the health of the community it serves. Memorial Manor Nursing Home also provides essential social and emotional support through stimulating activities, education and community outings. Bruce likes working with the elderly population and wanted to try volunteering with this organization. “I really liked interacting and helping the residents there.” Volunteering at the nursing home has made a huge, positive impact in Bruce’s life. Working with the elderly has really helped Bruce understand how important it is to help with all ages. “It is important to volunteer with every population, especially the elderly. People don’t realize that sometimes the elderly are lonely and feel forgotten.”

Bruce’s motivation to get involved in the community started when he needed service hours for his school. “Wanting to give back is something that is very special to me. After experiencing the huge difference it can make in someone’s life, volunteering is something that I enjoy. My dad went through radiation this year and having a great volunteer there helping us was very special.” Bruce has a very simple motto when giving advice to new volunteers: “Don’t be afraid to just get involved.”