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Salute to Senior Service

For a vast majority of seniors who volunteer, their community service helps define who they are. According to research conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care® network, nearly 100 percent of North American senior volunteers say that, when compared to other things they do in their lives, volunteering is important. One in five senior volunteers says it is the most important thing they do.

The Salute to Senior Service® Contest recognizes everyday seniors for the impact they make in their communities. This contest search for active senior volunteers is conducted by Home Instead Senior Care-Pittsford.

Inspiring Healthy Aging

Our goal is to help seniors to stay healthy and active as they age, which many do through volunteering and the support of home care services. We also want to encourage a positive outlook on aging, and what better way to do so than by inviting everyone in the area to personally recognize seniors who set an inspiring example for people of all ages?

How the Contest Works

Nominations

To nominate a senior you know in the Eastern Monroe County area, fill out the online entry form between February 1- March 15, 2016.

Nominations will be accepted February 1- March 15, 2016.

Voting

Between February 1- March 15, 2016, the public can vote up to once per day for a senior volunteer nominee. Vote here.

How Winners Are Determined

The nominee in the area who attains the most votes becomes a Local Winner. A panel of judges then evaluates the nominees.  The winner will be announce April 1, 2016.

Below is a list of the current Senior nominees.

 

Name of Senior Volunteer-  Jeanne Miller

Senior Volunteer's Age: 95
 
Location of Volunteer Service: Strong memorial hospital
 
Tell us your story
Jeanne Miller has lived at The Legacy at Willow Pond for 9 years now. She has dedicated all of her free time to making Comfort Bears and donating them to Strong Memorial Hospital and The Golisano Childrens Hospital. Her fellow residents will say Jeanne has dedicated her life to this.

Jeanne began making stuffed bears 12 years ago when she lived in Florida. She would send them up here, to a friend of hers, and they would be delivered to the hospital to be given out to comfort children. When Jeanne moved up here 9 years ago, and moved in to Willow Pond, she continued and multiplied her efforts. She has gathered a team of ladies at Willow Pond who help her make and deliver these bears now. Evelyn Krause helps with the sewing, Bobbie Leavens cuts, and Ann Bennett irons. There are also a group of around 10 - 15 ladies who help stuff the bears twice a month.

Every month a volunteer from Strong memorial comes and picks up 105 bears. The bears are given to children in the pediatric emergency room and to the children at the Golisano Childrens hospital. Jeanne also told me that the director of volunteers gives bears to patients suffering from a cerebral hemorrhage because the bears comfort people with this specific condition. One example Jeanne gave me was that a bear was given to a patient that suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage. This person took the bear and hugged it tight for two days before she passed away. It brought tears to Jeannes eyes when she told me this story.

On her own, Jeanne also makes 6 stuffed dolls a month that she takes to the pediatric oncology department. These beautiful dolls are made with removable hair.

To date Jeanne and her team have made over 14,000 Comfort Bears. She is truly a one of a kind, beautiful person.
 
 
 

Name of Senior Volunteer- Cork Dinan

Senior Volunteer's Age: 79

Location of Volunteer Service: various

 
Tell us your story
Cork and his wife, Nancy, moved into the Legacy at Willow Pond about 8 months ago. On Fridays at Willow Pond we have a knitting/crocheting group that meet in out Living room at 9:30. The Friday following their move in we noticed Cork in there with all the ladies wielding his knitting needles. We all thought it was so sweet seeing Cork in there knitting something beautiful so I thought I would dig a little deeper. What we found out about Cork is just amazing....

When Cork retired in 1995 he decided at that point it was time to give back to the community. He started to dedicate most of his free time to the causes he is most passionate about.

2 members at the church the Dinans attend volunteer at an inner city school as mentors. Cork knew that mentoring wasn't for him but he still wanted to help the kids. Cork knits scarves and hats for the elementary children at school #9 in Rochester. He has been doing this for about 5 years now and averages 1 item per week for a child in need.

Cork volunteers every Thursday at The Sheppard Home in Penfield. He goes in and makes soup for the families to have while they visit their loved ones. He started doing this right when Sheppard Home opened its doors 11 years ago.

Cork also has been driving for Meals on Wheels for 15 years and has been volunteering at the Red Cross for donor intake for 15 years.

Cork is definitely a special person and the meaning of 'giving back' can be defined by what he has done and continues to do for the community on a daily basis
 

Vote here.
 

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