Richard Hoffman has a heart for service and has given more than 5,800 hours back to his community through RSVP of Dane County since 2007. This year Richard’s outstanding service was recognized when he received both the United Way of Dane County’s Distinguished Service Award and the Governor’s Service Recognition Award for Senior Corps Participant of the Year.
Richard began driving seniors to medical appointments for RSVP’s Driver Escort Program in Stoughton in 2007, and moved into the Ride Coordinator position three years later. As Coordinator, he spends many hours on phone calls and emails to connect drivers with passengers, and if he can’t find an available driver often drives the passenger himself! His passion for helping also led him to the role of Ride Coordinator for Stoughton’s Affordable Transportation Program, a nonprofit that provides rides to low-income residents in Stoughton.
Richard has also made important contributions to the RSVP Board of Directors, which he joined in 2012. Drawing on his deep business knowledge, honed through a career in banking, Richard has chaired the Personnel Committee and Grants Committee as well as serving as a member of the Executive Committee, helping to clarify policy and find new funding sources. Richard is now Vice President of the RSVP Board.
At the heart of Richard’s passion for service is his true compassion for people and empathy for what life can hand them, knowing that many people are just a step away from needing help. Congratulations, Richard! RSVP of Dane County would not be the organization we are today without your many contributions.