November 14, 2018: Senior Companion Volunteer Day

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

WHEREAS, nearly 24 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 47 counties throughout the state; and,

WHEREAS, partnering with more than 193 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; and,

WHEREAS, statewide, an average of 504 Senior Companion volunteers contribute more than 257,443 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 Aging and Adult Services to raise awareness of Michigan’s Senior Companion programs and to recognize the outstanding service of Senior Companion volunteers currently serving throughout the state;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 14, 2018 as Senior Companion Volunteer Day in Michigan.