November 18, 2015: Senior Companion Volunteer Day

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


WHEREAS, nearly 25 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 14 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 200 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, heath care and safety; and,


WHEREAS, statewide an average of 435 senior companion volunteers contribute more than 454,000 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 Office of Services to the Aging 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 18, 2015 as Senior Companion Volunteer Day in Michigan.