HAYS, KS --- More than 300 people recently gathered at Fort Hays State University to honor Senior Companion volunteers at the 27th Annual Recognition Celebration.
Senior Companions are older adults who help others live independently by providing support to family caregivers. They assist with grocery shopping and other daily tasks necessary for maintaining independence.
The Fort Hays Senior Companion Program has engaged 150 volunteers who have provided more than 114,000 hours of service in 10 northwest Kansas counties. The program is sponsored by FHSU and funded by the Corporation for National Service.
The recognition ceremony was introduced first by Dr. Tony Fernandez, dean of the College of Health and Life Sciences, then by President Edward H. Hammond.
After the introduction, the guests were treated to a meal and entertainment. Steven Shannon sang while Mac Reed played the piano. The ceremony was concluded with the recognition of several exemplary senior companions.
Mary Anschutz and Mildred Schmidt were recognized for 25 years of service. Anschutz serves residents of Beverly Healthcare of Lucas and Schmidt serves elderly clients in their homes in Stockton.