Del Mar Community Connections

Volunteer of the Year – 2022

At our annual volunteer appreciation party, DMCC’s president Terry Kopanski presented the 2022 Volunteer of the Year award to Phyllis Mirsky. Phyllis won volunteer of the month in November 2021 for her hard work overseeing the public communications and print materials for DMCC’s Annual Benefit Gala. Her dedication to DMCC didn’t start or stop there. For years, she has been working hard on the Tuesday Lunch Connections volunteer team, a carefully choreographed dance of serving beverages and food to Del Mar’s most mature seniors and doing the cleanup afterward. In the summer of 2020, she retired from the DMCC Board of Directors after a 6-year stint as secretary. Phyllis is the elbow grease type of volunteer. She and her husband Ed can always be counted on to show up early to an event to help with setup and stay late to help with the cleanup. Phyllis says, “it’s the people that DMCC serves that make it all worthwhile.” Thank you, Phyllis! 


Training New Volunteers This Summer! 

DMCC transportation services are vital to seniors who are aging independently at home but no longer drive. These programs help community members with grocery shopping, medical appointments, and other essential errands. We are training new volunteer drivers and van hosts this summer! Our volunteer drivers love the flexible schedule, and they report enormous satisfaction from the difference they make in the lives of their neighbors. If you are a licensed driver with a clean record, your own vehicle, and a desire to spend a little time with your senior and disabled neighbors, this volunteer opportunity may be right for you. Van hosts provide light physical assistance and facilitate conversations during our Monday Retail Therapy Club and Wednesday Grocery Van shopping trips. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for DMCC, please give our office a call to find out more. 


Volunteer of the Month – May

DMCC’s Volunteer of the Month for May 2022 is Stephen Groban, MD. Steve was nominated for volunteer of the month by Nicole Holliday for his service on DMCC’s Health and Wellness Committee.


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