Volunteer Tom Hartmann’s sincere enthusiasm, commitment to the cause, and deep compassion were strikingly apparent from the moment he entered the SCV Senior Center.
Tom is a home-delivered meal driver who takes an active role in making the position all that it can be. Tom shares, “I take this responsibility very seriously. Drivers are often the first to check on the health and well-being of meal recipients. It is important to me as part of the job to be there for them as a safety net. In fact, there are times when I have had to respond to distress calls.”
Not only does Tom fill in for open routes, he expertly takes on the coordinator’s job when needed. Lynne Hazen, Home-Delivered Meal Coordinator, expresses high praise: “Tom Hartmann is an invaluable volunteer. Since his first day at the Senior Center, he has provided support in multiple ways from delivering meals to covering my job when necessary. Tom’s customer service skills are exemplary. He is one of the friendliest people I know and he always arrives with a smile on his face and a happy greeting! He has been on a mission to learn all ten of our Home Delivered Meal routes and as of this writing, he has completed nine! Tom’s caring attitude deserves to be applauded.”
Tom and wife Jackie are passionate about international travel, particularly since Tom is a history buff. In addition to helping the SCV Senior Center, Tom is a long-time volunteer for Special Olympics. He attended UC Davis and received a master’s degree in aerospace engineering at USC. Initially an engineer at Lockheed, he ascended to a programs executive position responsible for modifications and heavy maintenance for F22 Raptor military aircraft.
Finding great joy and “internal satisfaction” from assisting seniors, Tom particularly loves the interaction and building relationships with meal recipients. He is excited to learn from them and their experiences. Tom graciously lauds the volunteer program stating, “There is an interactive team approach which is supportive and values my opinions. I feel appreciated!”
Tom Hartmann truly is appreciated, and the SCV Senior Center is grateful for his tremendous impact on promoting quality of life for seniors