Tom Fellion – 2016 ESL Jefferson Award Winner

March 30, 2018 01:29 PM

Two to three times a week, you can find Tom Fellion of Groveland waiting for an assignment. Last year, he put more than 3,000 miles on his Jeep for the Faith in Action program, just one of about a dozen agencies where he volunteers.

“He takes people to and from medical appointments and also grocery shopping,” says Jessica Pierce of faith in Action. “He's a great driver and does it out of the kindness of his heart.”  


Years ago, Tom was in the Air Force and had to retire because of multiple sclerosis. But that doesn't stop him. In the years since, he's connected with mostly faith-based charities, and those dedicated to seniors or military members.

“I am a veteran and I believe in supporting my country and fellow man,” Tom says. “Like many people who retire, I do this to stay active and stay healthy. I think it’s a benefit.” 

Deb Palumbos runs the RSVP program for Lifespan and nominated Tom out of the 800 volunteers she oversees for the ESL Jefferson Award. “He has no problem in coming up and recruiting for our program and telling them they need to do this because it's the right thing to do,” Deb says. “There's that pride in being responsible and helping and knowing you can make a difference.”

Tom donates money for campers at Camp Stella Maris on Conesus Lake and Hope Valley in Dansville because he didn't get the chance to go to camp when he was a kid. 

Now in his golden years, he's really a people person, and since a lot of people in Livingston County need transportation, Tom is ready to jump in that red Jeep and just keep going!


Rebecca Leclair

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