By SHANNON WATKINS
The “Salute to Senior Service” program is looking for a few good men—and women—over 65.
The program, sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, is seeking to honor the contributions of adults 65 and over who volunteer at least 15 hours a month for their favorite causes.
“We all know seniors who do so much for our community,” said Debbie Witt, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving the New River Valley in the Counties of Montgomery, Pulaski, Giles, Floyd and the City of Radford. “These silent heroes give selflessly, expecting nothing in return. And yet, their contributions often make a difference not only to the organizations they serve, but in changing how the public views growing older.”
She added, “A lot of times as we age, we’re viewed as finished. They kinda put you on the shelf. Seniors who volunteer are active in the community and contribute to it. It changes how you look at aging.
Nominations for outstanding senior volunteers will be accepted between Feb. 1 and March 31, 2013. State winners then will be selected by popular vote at SalutetoSeniorService.com. Online voting will take place from April 15 to April 30, 2013. From those state winners, a panel of senior care experts will pick the national “Salute to Senior Service” honoree.
Home Instead, Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ favorite nonprofit organizations and their stories will be posted on the “Salute to Senior Service” Wall of Fame. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s nonprofit charity of choice.
Senior care professionals and those who work at hospitals, senior care facilities and other places where seniors volunteer are encouraged to nominate older adults. So, too, are family caregivers and the adult children of aging parents. Older adults also may self-nominate.
To complete and submit a nomination form online for a senior age 65 or older who volunteers at least 15 hours a month, and to view the contest’s official rules, visit www.SalutetoSeniorService.com. Completed nomination forms also can be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005. Local nominations will also be accepted at 125 Arrowhead Trail Suite A, Christiansburg, VA 24073, but these should not be emailed.
For more information about “Salute to Senior Service” call 540-260-3160.