One of the hallmarks of a Melick Award winner is love of one’s neighbor and putting that love into action, by helping fellow human beings in need. Bob Timmerman is such a selfless and caring volunteer.
Bob’s list of volunteerism is lengthy and includes coaching a Little League baseball team and service on Needham’s Touchdown Club benefitting the High School football team. He served on a subcommittee of Needham’s Coalition for Suicide Prevention assisting families who tragically lose a loved one. He is part of the Leadership Team of the Substance Prevention Alliance of Needham, and also works with the “5th Quarter.” a program for Needham High School students held after home football games that brings students together in a fun, substance-free environment.
Much of Bob’s other volunteerism is through his incredible service with Needham’s Knights of Columbus, where he is well-known as the person to get things done. When Bob and his fellow Knights learned that a young father had tragically passed at too early an age, Bob organized a group of volunteers to do a fall property clean-up. When a young quadriplegic who has Cerebral Palsy needed a beach wheelchair to be able to enjoy the dunes on the Cape, it was Bob who organized the fundraiser enabling the family to purchase it.
Bob cares deeply for our veterans. When the Fisher House needed funds to assist them in providing cost-free accommodations for veteran’s families while they are undergoing treatments at the West Roxbury VA Hospital, Bob ran a trivia night to raise the much-needed funds. Annually, Bob helps run a clothing drive for clients residing temporarily at the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans.
Bob regularly volunteers at numerous St. Joseph Parish events, including most notably the annual May procession. And every March, Bob helps run the Knights of Columbus St. Patrick’s dinner that raises funds to help meet extraordinary educational needs at St. Joseph’s two schools.
It is for all this great work and much more that we are proud to honor Bob Timmerman with the 2017 Melick Award.