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Want to honor a senior who has given back to his or her community? Through Sunday, March 31, residents can nominate a senior for the second annual Salute to Senior Service contest, which recognizes senior volunteers in communities throughout the United States.
According to Home Instead Senior Care of Guilford owner David DeLancy, the Salute to Senior Service campaign began with Home Instead, Inc., which is based in Nebraska. As the owner of the Guilford location, DeLancy said he jumped on board to facilitate the contest locally.
"We strongly support the idea behind this program. In my 10 years' owning and operating this business, I've encountered numerous 65-plus seniors that dutifully and diligently offer their time, on a volunteer basis, to positively affect the lives of someone else in need of assistance," DeLancy said. "They may volunteer their time and effort at a school facility, any number of community organizations, local senior centers, faith-based organizations, and of course local Hospice and Hospital facilities.
"We think they deserve proper recognition, and would hope that someone in our community would help identify and honor a deserving senior," he continued.
To be eligible for the contest, the senior must be 65 years or older and must volunteer at least 15 hours per month. Local nominees will be considered for the state and even possibly national contest.
From April 15 through 30, people can vote for their favorite senior volunteer. Those with the highest votes will be featured on the Salute to Senior Service website and the Home Instead Senior Care will donate $500 to the state winner's charity of choice. Once making it to the national level, nominees have a chance to win up to $5,500 for their favorite volunteer organization.
DeLancy encourages residents to visit www.salutetoseniorservice.com to nominate and cast their vote for a senior to be recognized for his or her outstanding work-self-nominations are also welcome.