Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight

Christopher Gilliom

Chris arrived in Charlottesville two-years ago.  He volunteers at the Senior Center as an administrative volunteer for the Volunteer Program and Membership Departments, as well as devoting his time and expertise to making the Senior Center Grand Gala a success.

Chris was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, but grew up in Niles, Michigan.  He attended Western Michigan University, studying Electrical Engineering, and completed his education graduating from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, attending the College of Engineering, and graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Utilizing the education he received as a Mechanical Engineer, he was employed by the New York Blower Company, in La Porte, Indiana, as a Design Engineer working with Research & Design on industrial fans/blowers.

Chris developed his interest in helping others when, in 2010 his neighbor Douglas, who was suffering with COPD needed some extra care and attention.  He assisted Douglas with errands, spending time with him and becoming his friend.

Chris enjoys lifting weights at the gym and participates in their exercise programs.  Chris says he realizes the health benefits of active participation and he is trying to go more frequently.

Chris would like to begin his studies learning another language.  He hopes to join his fellow Senior Center members in the language programs we offer.  His present task is expanding his engineering education and searching for a full-time mechanical engineer position in the area.

Fun story of Chris’ family tree.  In 1927 his Grandmother (his Mother’s Mother) was crowned ‘Miss America.’ Unlike today’s contest, where each state in the Union has one representative, it was the first decade of the contest and there was a multitude of participants that came from cities spread across the U.S.  Contestants were paraded on the Boardwalk, the participant that received the largest audience applause won, and his Grandmother was the winner and received a Loving Cup and Keys to the City, Atlantic City.

Chris, we so appreciate your volunteer spirit!