Each year, members and staff nominate volunteers whose service goes above and beyond expectations. We are delighted to announce that long-time volunteer Vin Rocque has been named our 2022 Volunteer of the Year! Since 2010, Vin has provided outstanding, selfless service to our members. One of our primary volunteer drivers, Vin has been providing roughly200 rides per year!
There’s a likely chance you’ve seen Vin on the road. Most days, Vin proudly dons his flat cap to drive around town, taking members to important medical appointments, social gatherings, and to the grocery store. Vin is at his happiest when he can fill his Prius with three or four members en route to an NNV event. "He has a certain elan and makes the rides a joy. He exemplifies the spirit of the village movement", says one NNV member. A new NNV member shares, “I am new to the village but I could not imagine a better volunteer than Vin. He is patient, flexible and so kind.”
For Vin, providing volunteer rides is a meaningful way to connect with his neighbors. Vin shares, “Far from some chore. It is a wonderful pleasure in my life, giving me a sense of purpose, well-being, community, connection with others, personal growth, delight and joy. For me it is fun!” Like all of NNV’s volunteers, Vin offers much more than a ride. Friendship, laughter, respect, and caring connections are what make NNV rides special.
We are so grateful to Vin and to all of our wonderful volunteers who provide over 5,500 hours of service per year to ensure our members remain connected to others and engaged in their community. Visit our website learn more about volunteering at NNV and turn your extra time into something extraordinary!