"I enjoy it," Hughes said. "If I didn't, I wouldn't be doing it. It gives me something to do. If I wasn't doing something, I would go crazy."
When he isn't volunteering at the YMCA, Hughes makes time during the spring and winter seasons for clients at the Glendale Assn. For the Retarded.
He volunteers his time with clients who need help with their reading, math and typing skills.
"Some of them are limited with their capabilities," he said. "It's rewarding to help them in its own sense."
Hughes became interested in the organization after another YMCA member suggested that he look into volunteering.
But giving his time isn't enough for Hughes, who also donates money to Glendale Kiwanis, the service club of which he's been a member for four years.
Hughes gets involved in the club's annual Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash — a rubber duck race that helps raise funds for local charities.
"I buy a certain number of ducks, but I have never won the prizes," he said.
Hughes takes little credit for his contribution to the club and instead praises others who dedicate more time than he does to the organization.
"It's not like anything real big," Hughes said of his efforts. "I think I'm contributing a little something."
But his volunteerism hasn't gone unrecognized, especially with the staff at the YMCA.
Hughes' presence at the YMCA is a win-win situation, said Helena Danni, director of youth and membership services.
"It's good for him, and it keeps him busy," Danni said. "He's making a connection with the members. It's definitely an advantage for him and us. It works out well for both sides."