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Elm Grove's Larry Sorce ready to be your next volunteer

Good works make life more rewarding, enjoyable, he says

Feb. 13, 2013

Larry Sorce isn't into golfing.

And he's not a fisherman or hunter.

"Those are common things that people do when they retire, but none of those interest me," Sorce said.

What does interest him is volunteering.

"I'm constantly on the go," the Elm Grove man said.

So when he pondered retirement about three years ago after almost 40 years as a financial advisor, he knew what his next calling would be.

"I had no plans to retire because I have always been very passionate about my job and I've been very blessed, but one Saturday when I was in the office I had a mental conversation with myself as to what I would do when I retire," Sorce said. "Then I thought about my community involvement for years and the volunteer work that I did."

He already had done some volunteering through VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, but Sorce, a parishioner at St. John Vianney in Brookfield, wanted to take those efforts to another level.

He increased his schedule with the hospice and, being a Vietnam veteran himself, he mostly visits veterans. He keeps them company and listens.

"I'm just there to be a friendly voice and a good listener," Sorce said.

Doing that gives him great joy. As did accompanying a World War II veteran from Brookfield on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., a couple years ago.

Honor Flights take World War II survivors, along with other veterans who are terminally ill, to see the war memorials in Washington, D.C.

Sorce also has a goal of attending the homecoming celebrations when the veterans come home from the Honor Flight day trip.

Sorce doesn't want to limit himself to just one demographic, though.

"I consider myself a 24/7 volunteer," Sorce said. "I'm single, so I'm available if you have something that you need help with. Even if it's in the middle of the night, give me five minutes to get dressed and I'll be there."

In fact, he has a card that says "Volontario Professionale" (Italian for "professional volunteer") and has his phone number on it. He likes to remain independent and is open to all kinds of volunteer work in the future, as long as it doesn't involve serving on a board, planning or fundraising.

Through his church and by word of mouth, he been recruited to drive individuals to appointments, whether it be a quick doctor's appointment or a therapy session.

"I like to make myself available and perhaps set an example," Sorce said. "But I don't like the spotlight and I want to be low key when I'm out there. My work varies, but when I take a personal inventory at end of the day I like to have a feeling that I did some good things."

And while others benefit from his volunteer efforts, he said he's the lucky one.

"I feel that I'm getting so much from doing this," Sorce said.

Those looking for volunteer help, Sorce said, should not to be afraid to call him at (262) 796-1520 or (414) 704-5979 or at lrs.provol@yahoo.com.

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