November 17, 2017: Senior Companion Volunteer Day

WHEREAS, older adults are rethinking retirement through volunteerism; and,

WHEREAS, nearly 23.5 percent of older adults volunteered last year, more than any other group; and,

WHEREAS, we must retain the talents and skills of the older adults who help communities in a variety of ways; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan’s 13 Senior Companion programs provide low- income adults ages 55 and older challenging and meaningful volunteer opportunities in 46 counties throughout the state; and,

WHEREAS, partnering with more than 195 non-profit organizations, Senior Companion programs meet a variety of personal and community needs that make a positive difference in areas such as long term care, poverty, health care and safety. These programs have served 2,297 adults in 1,897 different settings; and,

WHEREAS, statewide, an average of 495 Senior Companion volunteers contribute more than 495,447 hours of service, and their significant contributions enrich the lives of so many in the communities in which they serve; and,

WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Aging and Adult Services Agency to raise awareness of Michigan’s Senior Companion programs and to recognize the outstanding service of senior companion volunteers currently serving the state;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 17, 2017 as Senior Companion Volunteer Day in Michigan.