CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -- Lou Lopez was nominated for the Jefferson Awards. He said, "Being nominated for the Jefferson Award is probably the greatest thing that's happened to me. It carries so much meaning to me, because of what I do."
Nancy McKenzie, one of the women who nominated Lou, said that he's "80 years young." When talking about his service as a Senior Companion volunteer, she said, "I swear he's one of those volunteers who if I called him at 9 o'clock and said 'hey Lou, we have a volunteer opportunity at 10 o'clock, he would show up at 9:45. Professional, ready to go and he would be willing to do anything that we ask him to do."
Lou has volunteered with the program for more than ten years Nancy said. For him, it isn't a difficult task. He said, "Being a volunteer, for me, is just something that I enjoy doing. The reason for it is because of my clients. I call them clients, but they're really friends. Actually I feel sometimes and most of the time, that they do more for me than I do for them. So, there really aren't any challenges in doing what I do because I enjoy doing it so much."
Nancy said that Lou is patient and kind. "I think that every one of his clients feels like they're his only client. He just gives so much of his time and energy and just his caring nature to each one of them," she said. "One of the women says that she doesn't even know her own shopping list. Lou does her shopping so well for her, that he just goes and gets everything that she wants and she doesn't even remember half the things that she wants, but Lou knows."
"I think I've learned particularly well, that there are a lot of really good people out there," said Lou. "When I'm with my clients, either shopping or taking them to doctors appointments or whatever they have to do, people seem to notice that I'm with someone elderly or someone that's handicapped, and they'll open doors, they're very nice to the people that I'm with, so I'm learning that there are a lot of good people out there."
Lou is also a member of the American Legion Post 6 Honor Guard, a life member of the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 59, and has volunteered in several other ways in the community.
"We are so grateful to him for everything and he is most deserving of this award," said Nancy.