Scottsdale Salutes senior center volunteer Anthony Adams

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Anthony Adams, on left, with Mayor Jim Lane receiving the 2015 Volunteer Impact Award. (submitted photo)

Southern Scottsdale resident and city volunteer Anthony Adams has for years been spending his time giving back to seniors, veterans and residents.

On Wednesdays, Mr. Adams assists in the lunch program for seniors at the Granite Reef Senior Center, and provides a pre-lunch workout class.

In addition, he has been volunteering with veterans for years, including working with the VA Hospital and with other organizations.

Mr. Adams began volunteering with the city at the Arabian Library. But when he moved to south Scottsdale from north Scottsdale, he didn’t want to make the far commute.

“I moved to south Scottsdale about seven years ago, and I was interested in volunteering with seniors,” he said. “The Granite Reef Senior Center was just a mile from where I live, so I went there and asked if they needed volunteers.”

That’s when he began working in the kitchen, setting up for lunch, helping serve it and then cleaning up afterwards.

Shortly after, Mr. Adams began offering his expertise in fitness to the senior center.

“An hour before we serve the meal I teach a fitness class for a half-hour,” said Mr. Adams. “They call it movement therapy. It addresses problems people have with their joints.”

Before retiring, Mr. Adams worked at the Tempe YMCA for over 15 years.

“I was a yoga teacher, taught tai chi, and I kind of blended everything and came up with this movement therapy class,” said Mr. Adams. “We get about 15-25 people every week.”

Mr. Adams also hosts a wellness class the last Wednesday of every month.

“We call it a health and wellness discussion group,” said Mr. Adams. “We discuss issues, try to assist them with a natural way to help them.”

These qualities earned him the honor of being awarded the 2015 Volunteer Impact Award at the city of Scottsdale’s annual employee awards celebration. This was the first year a volunteer was honored.

“It was a big surprise,” said Mr. Adams in a Jan. 19 phone interview. “I got an e-mail saying I had been nominated, I didn’t know who had nominated me or anything.”

The city hosted a breakfast ceremony in December, where Mr. Adams accepted the first Volunteer Impact Award.

In a press release issued by the city, it stated “The new Volunteer Impact Award recognizes and celebrates one volunteer among the 4,000 who donate their time and expertise to the city of Scottsdale. Every Wednesday you’ll find Mr. Adams at the Granite Reef Senior Center teaching Movement Therapy, which helps seniors improve their balance, strength and flexibility while learning the importance of meditation. Mr. Adams also hosts monthly wellness lectures, teaches healthy cooking and assists with meal preparation and cleanup. Not only does Mr. Adams provide great service in Scottsdale, he also works to improve the lives of veterans who suffer from PTSD and trauma.”

To volunteer in the city of Scottsdale visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov/volunteer.

Northeast Valley News Services Editor Melissa Fittro can be e-mailed at mfittro@newszap.com or can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/melissafittro.

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