Maybe you saw Scott Cisek, of Binghamton, measuring and cutting boards for a newly rebuilt playground at the city’s Recreation Park.
Or maybe you spotted him behind the wheel as he drove all over Broome County to deliver food and prescriptions to people who couldn’t leave their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Or maybe you saw him pushing shopping carts through the aisles of local grocery stores as he shopped for other people during the pandemic.
“I look forward to helping somebody out,” he said. “In return, I get fulfilled.”
These are only a few of the many volunteer activities Cisek has taken part in this year. His numerous volunteer efforts have earned him the honor of Volunteer of the Year from the United Way of Broome County along with Al Vos, a retired Binghamton University professor, who shared the award. Cisek completed 141 volunteer projects between April and June of this year for the United Way.
His volunteer career began two years ago after his mother died. Cisek took care of her for many years prior to her passing.
“I needed something to fill my time,” he said.
Without volunteers like Cisek, programs such as the emergency food kits couldn’t be done, Aylesworth said.
“We relied so much on the volunteers,” he said.
Cisek said he was happy to help and felt humbled by the recognition he received from the United Way.
“It’s never been about me,” he said. “It’s always been about making other people know that somebody cares.”
His volunteer career extends beyond the work he did for United Way this past spring and summer. He also coaches Little League and helped rebuild OurSpace, a fully accessible playground at Recreation Park which was destroyed by an arson fire this past June. He helped measure and cut boards for the playground.
“I literally grew up right around the corner from there,” he said of the park.
Cisek also helps with food giveaways through the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.
He encouraged others to follow in his footstep and find a charitable cause to volunteer for.
“It feels good,” he said. “They would be amazed to know how good you feel inside after you do it.”
Residcne and hometown: Binghamton.
Education: Binghamton High School.
Career: Permanently disabled.
Family: One grown son, Timothy.
How to help: To find out more about volunteer opportunities through the United Way of Broome County, go to uwbroome.org/volunteer.