Midlands volunteer could win national honors with your vote

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Wilson Yon went from serving his country, to now serving his community.

He lives by the motto: the more you volunteer, the longer you live. At age 75, Yon may be right.

Yon has been volunteering every day with the non-profit Meals on Wheels program since 1998.

"Somebody needs to do it. Why not me?"

Yon works five-days-a-week for the non-profit program which provides food for 400 elderly, disabled, and homebound residents across the Midlands. Organizers add providing for that many people takes triple the volunteers and Yon is an invaluable asset.

"For me, it's like getting a paycheck though I am not getting paid," Yon says.

His dedication hasn't gone unnoticed. Because of his hard work, Yon has been nominated for the Jody Tepedino Nicholo Award.

Each year, the Meals on Wheels Association of America Honors gives the honor to its top national volunteer.

"He wants to do it everyday and we could not do it without him," says Dorothy Talley. It's very inspiring when I see volunteers like that.

Whether Yon takes home the title or not, he believes he has already won.

"I think everybody should get involved in something positive that is bigger than themselves."

Help Yon win by voting online as he competes against more than 20 other nominees. Click here to vote.