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Celebrating Senior Volunteers at National Service Recognition Day
April 3, 2018
Senior Resources participated in National Service Recognition Day to celebrate the volunteers in our two Senior Corps programs — Senior Companions and Foster Grandparents. Senior Corps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), and seeks to engage senior citizens in meaningful volunteer work throughout their communities.
At the National Service Recognition Day event at United Way of the Midlands, SC Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant thanked the senior volunteers for their “servant hearts.” Lauren Harper, an advisor to Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, read a procalmation from the mayor designating April 3 as “National Service Recognition Day” in the City of Columbia. And Myra Cunningham, the program officer for the South Carolina CNCS office, spoke of the importance of service and thanked the volunteers present for their hard work and dedication in their volunteer roles.
The Foster Grandparent program places senior volunteers into local classrooms to mentor and tutor at-risk students. The Senior Companion program matches senior volunteers with local home-bound seniors to provide companionship, caregiver respite and assistance in the home.
About Senior Resources, Inc.
Senior Resources is a non-profit organization that coordinates services, provides resources and encourages the personal choices that allow Columbia’s senior citizens to remain independent. All activities, services and programs of the agency are geared toward promoting independent living, with the goal of helping seniors remain in their homes as long as possible through the support of staff and volunteers, and delaying or preventing institutionalization.
Since 1967, Senior Resources has served Columbia’s frail and elderly residents in three areas:
1) In-home services, including Meals on Wheels, home care, respite care, senior companion services, and case management;
2) Community-based services, including congregate meals, wellness centers, transportation, and physical fitness;
3) Volunteer services, including the Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent programs.
With local, state and federal government funding, as well as contributions from United Way, personal donations and fundraising activities, Senior Resources offers a variety of programs so that our clients can select the assistance they need to maintain a healthy and independent lifestyle.
For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Director of Development Bridget Winston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-252-7734 x256.