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Over 250 supporters of the Council for Older Adults attended the organization’s annual volunteer recognition event on Thursday, April 10. Celebrated in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, the event honored the Council’s dedicated team of over 800 active volunteers.

Robert Horrocks, Executive Director of the Council for Older Adults, expressed his appreciation for COA volunteers who provided more than 44,000 hours of service in 2013. Karen Pillion, president of the Council for Older Adults board of directors, presented a proclamation on behalf of Delaware Mayor Carolyn Riggle recognizing the Council’s outstanding volunteer efforts in the city of Delaware.

Volunteers Tracey Merrin, Doneta Stoner, Sandra Stults and Mary K, Thompson were recognized for 20 years of service to the Council. Maxine Patterson, Roger VanSickle and Shirley VanSickle received recognition for 15 years of service. The Council also recognized 11 volunteers for 10 years of service, and 107 volunteers for five years of service.

Selected volunteers were recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty, including Bob Backus (Above and Beyond award), Dennis Howe (Leaping into Action award), Jim Decker (Consistent Commitment award) and Dottie Haggard (There is No “I” in Team award).

Also acknowledged in the program were 153 volunteers who have each given more than 500 hours of service, including Dee Watren with 5,000 hours and Shirley Philpott with 4,000 hours.

Alum Creek Dog Park was recognized as the Volunteer Business of the Year and the Student Award was presented to Mahsa Ghassab.

Jeff Robinson served as emcee and entertainment was provided by guitarist John Morgan.

The Volunteer Recognition Celebration is an annual event held every spring to recognize hundreds of exceptional people, without whom the Council could not exist. Volunteers assist with a variety of programs, including Meals On Wheels, office support, transportation, home chores, medical supply deliveries and special events.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, call the Council office at (740) 363-6677 or visit www.growingolder.org.

The Council for Older Adults is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that helps older people in Delaware County live safely in their own homes and stay healthy as they age. Programs and services provided by the Council are supported in part by the local senior services levy, corporate and private donations, and grants. The Council for Older Adults is a United Way agency.

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