Posted by: Bert Copple | March 19, 2013

Saluting Seniors Who Serve

There are less than two weeks left to nominate a senior volunteer for our Salute to Senior Service contest.

As you may know, Salute to Senior Service recognizes the outstanding contributions of senior volunteers in Michigan. The Michigan state winner will receive a $500 donation to the nonprofit of his or her choice and be eligible to win the national prize, which is a $5000 donation to the nonprofit of his or her choice.

But what I love most about this contest is reading the stories of the senior volunteers. They are truly inspiring and they serve as great reminders of what a single person can do – regardless of what challenges they face.

For example, in Sterling Heights, there is Jodi A. who has been volunteering with the St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital  for 27 years.  After a career as a nurse, Jodi now lends her talents new parents at St. John’s. She has been providing hearing screenings for newborns since the program began.   In addition, she has spent time on the Volunteer Auxiliary Board, Teen Volunteer Scholarship Committee and training new volunteers.

In Southfield, Marguerite S. has been lending her time to The Fountains at Franklin Senior Living Community for the past 3 years.  As a community member herself, Marguerite welcomes new residents, working to make the transition into the facility more comfortable for each person.  She continues her hospitality outside The Fountains; when a community member is in the hospital, it’s Marguerite who stops in for a visit.

What a wide variety of interests Jodi and Marguerite have, but they both have one common denominator: helping their fellow Michiganders.

I invite you to read the stories of other senior volunteers at http://www.salutetoseniorservice.com/.

I also encourage you to nominate any senior volunteers that you know, whether here in Michigan or anywhere in the US. These seniors do so much for our communities and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to recognize them through this program.

For more information about Home Instead Senior Care and our mission of changing the face of aging, please visit our website, call 248-203-2273 or Like us on Facebook.

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