Skyline junior honored for his volunteer work

April 30, 2013

By Staff

Tony Elevathingal

Tony Elevathingal

The junior class president at Skyline High School will be honored later this month by United Way for giving up parts of his weekends to help seniors on the plateau.

Tony Elevathingal will be one of several teenagers spotlighted during the annual Food for Thought Breakfast on May 23 as part of National Volunteer Week.

The aspiring film student has donated Friday nights since last June to help three elderly residents of Sammamish organize their attics and move boxes as a volunteer for the nonprofit group Eastside Friends of Seniors. In addition to his heavy lifting, Elevathingal has done a variety of routine maintenance for all three seniors, including painting, vacuuming and yard cleanup.

“Tony has been exceptionally compassionate,” said Claire Petersky, executive director of Eastside Friends of Seniors.

She went on to say that the high school student has also provided rides to doctor appointments and some much needed companionship.

“He sure is setting an awesome example for all of the youth volunteers on the Eastside,” Petersky said.

Eastside Friends of Seniors provides free services to seniors to help them maintain their dignity and independence. The volunteer services are available to anybody 60 and older, regardless of their financial situation. The group serves Issaquah, Sammamish, the Snoqualmie Valley and Bellevue.

Learn more about the organization’s services or volunteer at, or call 369-9120.

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