Youth at Heart outstanding mentor Mike Mastraccio spends time working with one of his students.
Youth at Heart, Asbury United Methodist Church
Mike Mastraccio of Tulsa has been honored as Asbury United Methodist Church’s outstanding mentor for its partner mission program Youth at Heart. The program is designed to improve the lives of at-risk youth in the community through year-round educational and recreational activities.
“Mike’s a practical, hands-on kind of guy,” said Care and Marriage Ministries Director Charlene Giles. “Faith is not theoretical to him; it is shown in actions. Through the years he’s helped at one time or another with nearly every mission project Asbury has had.”
Mastraccio, a retired pipeline engineer at Willbros, has been attending Asbury UMC since 1993 and is an avid volunteer with the church’s various outreach missions. In his time at Asbury, Mastraccio has gone on six trips to Red Bird Mission with eighth graders, mission trips to Mexico and Tanzania, helped build Habitat for Humanity houses and served Meals on Wheels. In addition, he has also tutored “Youth at Heart” students for many years.
“Through the years Mike has probably most enjoyed his service that affects future generation,” Giles said.
In 2011, Mastraccio received the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award from the Youth at Heart organization. Giles said Mastraccio continually goes the extra mile in everything he does. In 2012, when Mastraccio fell from a ladder and became paralyzed from the waist down, he continued to serve despite his disability.
“Mike has a relentless commitment to serve, even from his hospital bed,” said Director of Local Outreach Radhika Aussieker. “On his Caring Bridge blog he reminds everyone to sign up to work at some location on Asbury’s Day of Service. How inspiring!”