YUKON — A Yukon woman is the Oklahoma winner of the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Salute to Senior Service award.
Juanita Attebury, 72, was recognized for her dedicated community service, including her volunteer work for more than eight years at Frontier Hospice. She helps enter data for the bereavement program and assists with mailings for memorial services and weekly letters to families who have lost loved ones. She also crochets afghans for veterans in hospice and helps with special events to honor those men and women.
As one of 50 state winners, Attebury earned $500 for her charity of choice – donated by Home Instead Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network and contest sponsor. Attebury will have a spot on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame on SalutetoSeniorService.com, where her nomination story has been posted.
“Juanita represents so well the dedication and commitment that make senior volunteers such a value to their communities,” said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead Inc. “She has proven once again that age is meaningless when it comes to making a difference. So many charities, nonprofit organizations and faith communities could not do the work they are doing without selfless volunteers such as Juanita.”
A panel of judges selected Thurman Haynes, 97, of North Carolina, as the 2014 National Salute to Senior Service national award recipient. Haynes earned the recognition for his volunteer efforts with the Haynes-Inman Education Center, a school for children with disabilities. Home Instead Inc. will donate $5,000 to Haynes’ designated nonprofit charity.
The results of a Marist poll sponsored by Home Instead Inc. indicate that 62 percent of seniors age 68 and over volunteered their time in the last year.
“It’s important for seniors to remain active and engaged as they age,” Huber said. “However, it is possible for frail or isolated seniors to give back to their communities as well. The Salute to Senior Service program includes free “give back” activity resource sheets with ideas to help seniors who are home-bound or have limited mobility continue to contribute to their communities through volunteerism.”
For more information about the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Salute to Senior Service program, visit SalutetoSeniorService.com.
Robert Morris is owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Oklahoma City