MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac’s Ed Carrozza was born to volunteer. And on Thursday, May 30, Putnam County’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) honored him with the Senior Citizen of the Year Award at its 46th annual awards breakfast at the Putnam County Golf Course.

Carrozza’s co-honoree was Marjorie Williams of Patterson.

Carrozza has been part of the RSVP volunteer medical transportation program for 17 years. He connected the county’s Office for Senior Resources with his brother in Texas who organizes a handyman program to help seniors with small jobs around the house. In 2007, he was the recipient of an RSVP Humanitarian Award.

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Carrozza, 80, was born in Queens. He began a construction career when he was 17. At 26, he got married and moved his family to Mahopac in 1978.

Using his construction experience, he and his siblings started Carrozza Bros., which flourished for 15 years. After the business’s dissolution, he went back to work for the Local Carpenters Union until he retired in 2003.

In addition to his work with RSVP, Carrozza is the president of Carpenters Union Retirees and volunteers through that position as well.

“I love getting out and volunteering, helping the seniors,” he said. “I truly enjoy it and the best is when I can bring a smile to their faces with a silly joke or action.”

The RSVP volunteer program promotes the idea of engaging and recruiting individuals 55 and older as resources in providing volunteers able to tackle Putnam County’s most pressing community problems, including, education, environment, health, human services, and safety.

The program was established in 1973 and is now the largest senior volunteer organization in the county, involving more than 435 people age 55 and older in a broad range of activities. RSVP is part of the National Senior Service Corps, which is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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