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The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 6
BY AMY ASMAN
Do you know someone over 65 years old who’s doing a great job helping others? Residents throughout California are encouraged to cast their vote for the state’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer as part of the Salute to Senior Service program, which honors seniors who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.
Online voting will take place through April 30 at SalutetoSeniorService.com. (Nominations were accepted between Feb. 1 and March 31, and includes some Central Coast locals.) From those state winners, a panel of senior care experts will pick the national Salute to Senior Service honoree.
Rose Eldridge, of Norco, was California’s 2012 winner. The 92-year-old was recognized for her work at the Norco Seniors and Pets Relief Fund, where she loaded her truck with food and supplies for seniors and their pets daily.
The 2012 national winner is Clark Paradise, an 85-year-old volunteer from Toms River, N.J., who—with his wife, Jean—founded a growing mission in his community that serves more than 1,000 homeless and disadvantaged people each month.
The national U.S. judging panel will include the 2012 winner Clark Paradise; Dr. Jane F. Potter, chief of geriatrics and gerontology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, representing the Home Instead Center for Successful Aging; Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging; and Dr. Harry R. Moody, AARP vice president and director of academic affairs.
For more information about the Salute to Senior Service program, visit SalutetoSeniorService.com.
Managing Editor Amy Asman compiled this week’s Community Corner. Information should be sent to the Sun via mail, e-mail, or fax.