Sanford (Sandy) Silverstein is a 1943 graduate of the School of Engineering, a member of the Engineering Alumni Advisory Council and a ten-year volunteer for the Alumni and Parents Admission Program.
For over 50 years, Sandy served as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America for Troop 11 at Temple Israel. He now serves on the Executive Board of the Okaw Valley Council and plans scouting programs for kids at Ranken Jordan, a health care facility for children with complex medical conditions. According to Ashley Schwartzmann, Volunteer Coordinator at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, “Sandy has been a blessing for the children at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Center for many years. He inspires young men who face many challenges to embrace scouting and the skills that go along with it. He is patient and kind, giving extra special attention whenever needed.”
Sandy began volunteering at the Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis in 1992, working every Friday in the Main Lobby greeting visitors, giving directions and giving tours of the facility. He also volunteers in the Recreational Therapy Department, helping children and staff during special activities and accompanying them on excursions outside the hospital. Through 2003, he has donated a total of 3,821 hours to the hospital. Jean Anton, Volunteer Coordinator for the Shiners Hospital for Children in St. Louis said of Sandy, “We are blessed to have Sandy Silverstein as a volunteer – he takes our mission of helping children to heart. Whether it’s providing facility tours, staffing the hospital’s information desk or assisting with parent’s activities, Sandy always gives us 110%. His dedication and enthusiasm are an inspiration to all. He truly personifies the spirit of volunteerism, and we are honored that he volunteers with us.”
Regardless of the capacity in which he is serving, Sandy has shown a lifelong dedication to the health and personal development of children and is willing to help in any way, large or small, to make his community a better place. His nominator, David Sandler, explains that “By tirelessly volunteering for these organizations over such a long period of time, Sandy has shown he is not only dedicated to others but also demonstrates a selflessness that goes well beyond the call of duty.”