Judson Manor resident named Cleveland Indians Volunteer of the Year

Last night Judson Manor resident Jordan Perlman had, in his words, “the experience of a lifetime.”

He was named the 2012 Cleveland Indians Volunteer of the Year for his many hours of service at Cleveland Clinic.  In a special Indians pregame ceremony, Jordan received a plaque and was honored to throw out the game’s ceremonial “first pitch.”

“I’ve been practicing all week,” he joked.  Ironically, it was the lifelong Clevelander’s first time at Progressive Field.

The Cleveland Indians Volunteer of the Year Award is presented in collaboration between BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence and the Cleveland Indians.  Both groups challenged local volunteers to track their hours.  The individual with the most hours was honored with the award.

Between April 1, 2012 and August 31, 2012, Jordan volunteered 472 hours at Cleveland Clinic.

Cleveland Clinic encouraged Jordan to record his many volunteer hours, where he assists at the Miller Information Desk, answering visitors’ questions and offering directions.

“Jordan will not only get wheelchairs for visitors, but when needed, will transport them to their destinations,” said Elizabeth Stein, Director of Volunteer Services at Cleveland Clinic.  “His dedication is supported by his empathetic and compassionate attitude.”

A lifelong Clevelander, Jordan grew up in Cleveland Heights, and then lived in East Cleveland for most of his adult life, where he ran his family’s clothing shop until he retired.  He moved to Judson Manor in University Circle over six years ago, settling in a wonderfully elegant two-bedroom apartment that reflects his love of modern art.  He owns many pieces by Cleveland artists.

Jordan proudly claims that he is hardly ever home, due to his active schedule which includes volunteering at Cleveland Clinic Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. and attending art gallery openings and dinner parties with friends on most weekends.  His kitchen is spotless and his refrigerator is bare.

“I eat out a lot,” he smiles.

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