For decades, Dave Moore has volunteered for organizations supporting those with disabilities. All it took to get him involved was a little inspiration from his family and one life-changing event.
Moore credits his mother and wife for instilling a life-long commitment to community service in him. His mother devoted more than 8,000 hours to volunteering at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History; his wife has been an active member of the Junior League of Indianapolis and St. Margaret’s Guild.
Although an active volunteer with his fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, his commitment to service truly blossomed as he began his career at IBM. There, he was educated about the greatest needs of his community and equipped with the means to be a part of change. “There was an opportunity to volunteer at every location I worked in,” he said.
Moore’s most pivotal volunteer experience was in 1987 when the Special Olympics was hosted in South Bend, Ind., where he was working at the time. IBM provided computers, hardware and tech support to the Special Olympics and gave its employees the opportunity to work with 6,000 athletes from across the globe. Though Moore and his family moved to Indianapolis that same year, he continued to travel back to South Bend just to volunteer for this event.
Once settled in Indianapolis, Moore began looking for opportunities like his life-changing experience with Special Olympics. Word of mouth led him to Easterseals Crossroads, and he’s never left! Moore recently celebrated 30 years of involvement with the organization, including service as chairman of the board of directors.
Moore remains a committed, active volunteer and a member of several boards despite retiring 15 years ago. He has been a force for change in Central Indiana, including coordinating programs for IPS School #14, assisting with Ability Indiana, equipping United Way staff and volunteers with skills to improve their fundraising efforts and serving as a governor-appointed member of the Governor’s Planning Council.
Moore has left a legacy in our community, both in his service to causes supporting people living with disabilities and through instilling the same passion for service in his son Bradley, who has joined him on the Easterseals Crossroads board of directors.
He hopes others will find inspiration and choose a path of service as well. “Raise your hand – whenever, wherever you happen to be. It’s very easy. There are tremendous opportunities out there.”