The search is on for outstanding senior volunteers
About 52 percent of seniors volunteer their time through unpaid community service, according to research conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care network. Nearly one in five seniors surveyed started volunteering at 65, which is the traditional r...
About 52 percent of seniors volunteer their time through unpaid community service, according to research conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care network. Nearly one in five seniors surveyed started volunteering at 65, which is the traditional retirement age. Furthermore, 20 percent of seniors who volunteer say that their community service is the most important thing they do.
"Helping others defines life for many local retired seniors," said Mary Andrews, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office in the Twin Ports. "And what a difference we have observed in seniors' health, attitude and outlook among those who choose to stay active as they age."
To recognize these outstanding senior volunteers for their service to local communities, the Home Instead Senior Care office that serves Twin Ports area seniors has announced the "Salute to Senior Service" program.
The program will include a search for the most outstanding senior volunteer in each state and culminate with the selection of a national "Salute to Senior Service" winner during "Older Americans Month" in May.
Nominees must be 65 years of age or older and volunteer at least 15 hours of service a month. Nominations will be accepted at www.SalutetoSeniorService.com through March 15. Nomination forms can also be requested by emailing email@example.com .
State "Senior Hero" winners will receive plaques, and their stories will be posted online at SalutetoSeniorService.com. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner's nonprofit charity of choice.
Dr. Erwin Tan, director of the Senior Corps, a national organization that links more than 400,000 Americans age 55 and older to service opportunities, agrees. "The one thing that I hear constantly from the seniors in our programs is that volunteering gives them a purpose in life - they say that it's the reason they get up in the morning.
"In addition, it's a great way for them to learn new things - whether a skill or just something about an issue in which they have an interest," Tan said. "Volunteering is just a great way to expand their horizons and feel like they're still a valuable part of their community."
For more information about the Salute to Senior Service program or Home Instead Senior Care, please call (218)727-8810.