(Posted May 10, 2018)
“I never knew what I was supposed to do in life, but God had plans for me to do volunteering work.”
These humble and sincere words from Grace Feyh have come to embody the dedication to active community service she and her husband, Glenn Feyh, have displayed over the decades. On May 16, the Feyhs will be inducted into the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.
For Lifecare Alliance, volunteers such as the Feyhs are indispensable, serving as a lifeline for community members with mobility issues that prevent them from being able to prepare their own meals. The Feyhs have delivered Meals-on-Wheels in Madison County for about five years.
“That is a very important program for anyone that needs it,” Grace Feyh said. “Everyone is very grateful we have this program. I know I would use it if I had to.”
The Feyhs not only deliver nutritious meals to their Madison County neighbors; they also provide a smiling face and basic wellness check for community members who may not otherwise interact with another person on a typical day.
The Feyhs are an asset to Madison County because their community involvement goes well beyond Meals-on-Wheels. They have volunteered with Madison Health in London for more than two decades. Glenn drives the courtesy cart at the hospital, shuttling patients to and from their cars. Grace is a volunteer with the oncology department, helping to make patients comfortable while they visit the hospital for chemotherapy. She gives them warm blankets, pillows and snacks. In her 26 years of volunteering at Madison Health, she has volunteered just about everywhere in the hospital, starting in laundry. Grace says her experience with the oncology is the most rewarding.
The Feyhs are members and volunteers at London United Methodist Church. For about 24 years, they have volunteered at the baked steak and pork dinners twice a year, serving about 1,500 people at each dinner. Each event takes approximately 100 volunteers, and everything served is prepared from scratch.
Grace and Glenn also provide volunteer time for other things around their church, including preparing and serving funeral dinners, serving dinners at the Welcome Table several times a year, and traveling to Columbus to volunteer at the United Methodist Free Store.
The Feyhs volunteered for 15 years with Madison County Senior Center, selling bingo tickets and working at other fundraising activities for the center. Similarly, they have been members and volunteers with the Madison County Historical Society for about two decades. Glenn demonstrates chair caning while Grace helps with activities throughout the year, including Jonathan Alder Days in the summer.
The Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, coordinated by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA), recognizes older adults who share their vitality, dedication, and talents in ways that significantly improve the lives of others. Grace and Glenn Feyh have exemplified this wonderful and giving spirit, benefiting the Madison County community for more than two decades.
The Feyhs are among 13 honorees in this year’s induction class. The recognition ceremony will take place at the Martin Janis Center in Columbus.
In addition to coordinating the Hall of Fame, COAAA plans, funds and delivers services that help older adults and individuals with disabilities remain safe and independent in their homes. With the help of area providers, COAAA arranges and coordinates services to help individuals with daily living, such as homemaking, transportation, home delivered meals, and personal care.