A short wheelchair ride at Mercy Hospital Springfield could leave a lasting impression -- especially if you're being escorted by volunteer Clyde Jones.
"Everyone knows and loves Clyde," said Molly Holtmann, director of volunteer services. "He's been with us since 1992, and what an incredible 24 years it's been so far."
Jones has logged more than 8,000 hours in Patient Escort, but he's touched many more hearts. His smile and personality are felt the moment he clocks in for his shift.
"He's such a genuine man and we're all better for knowing him," said Mercy co-worker Jennifer Elswick. "You may not know this, but he spends many hours a week helping everyone around him do their taxes."
Jones is the lead volunteer for the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program, which serves more than 56,000 seniors across 17 counties each year. The program also provides computer and technical support to more than 60 volunteers; Jones provides direct service at six sites.
He is also a lead volunteer in Medicare D senior services, serves as the president of the Ash Grove Cemetery Board, tends to the grounds at the Nathan Boone Historical Homestead, and provides tax assistance to low-income clients and volunteers at the Ash Grove Food Pantry.
Last summer, he even won one of the "50 Fabulous Older People from 50 States Celebrating 50 Years of the Older Americans Act Award."
So if you happen to cross Clyde Jones' path at Mercy, you're in for a golden treat!