Keith Roycewicz is a high school freshman who has served at Life Care Center of Auburn, Massachusetts, by visiting residents, keeping them company and making them feel loved.
Roycewicz began volunteering through a school program but continued to visit the facility regularly, even after the program ended. He has now been volunteering at Life Care Center of Auburn for over three years.
“Keith has shown maturity, dedication, compassion and understanding toward the residents here,” said Tracy Colangelo, activity director. “I love that he is always encouraging other students to volunteer here.”
Roycewicz was originally nominated for the facility-level Youth Volunteer of the Year award at Life Care Center of Auburn and, ultimately, received the title of Youth Volunteer of the Year for Life Care Centers of America’s entire Northeast Division.
A celebration was held in Roycewicz’s honor with guests such as Massachusetts Senator Mike Moore and state Representative Paul Frost, who showed appreciation for Roycewicz’s service. Joanne Bruell, executive director, read a letter to Roycewicz from Beecher Hunter, Life Care Centers of America’s president, before speaking about Roycewicz’s dedication to volunteering.
Roycewicz also received a plaque and scholarship for his future education before Zo Long, Northeast Division president, spoke about receiving Roycewicz’s nomination.
“I knew right away that this young man was deserving of the award,” Long said. “I was very impressed with his devotion to our residents, and I wanted to be here to meet him myself.”
Next, Roycewicz thanked everyone for attending the celebration and took the opportunity to express his feelings toward Life Care Center of Auburn. He explained how the facility gave him a place to be himself without fear of judgement and helped him as he overcame both social and academic challenges.
Carrie Cross, marketing director for the Auburn facility, expressed admiration for Roycewicz as she closed the event.
“Keith is being honored today, but in reality, it is us who are honored to know him,” Cross said. “Keith’s smile lights up a room the minute he enters it, and I hope he continues to do so wherever life may take him.”
Roycewicz will continue to volunteer at Life Care Center of Auburn and share his positivity and happiness with the people there.