Missouri residents are encouraged to cast their vote for the state’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer.
The recognition is part of the Salute to Senior Service program sponsored by Home Instead Inc. The program honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.
Online voting is taking place now through April 30 at SalutetoSeniorService.com (Nominations were accepted Feb. 1-March 31.)
From those state winners, a panel of senior care experts will pick the national Salute to Senior Service honoree.
Home Instead Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ favorite nonprofit organizations and their stories will be posted on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s nonprofit charity of choice.
Last year’s state winner was 79-year-old Richard Nichols from Springfield, Mo. Nichols was honored for his work at United Ministries in Higher Education, South Street Christian Church, University Child Care Center and the Multiple Sclerosis Society Aquatics Program.
The 2012 national winner was Clark Paradise, an 85-year-old volunteer from Toms River, N.J., who — with his wife, Jean — founded a growing mission in his community that serves more than 1,000 homeless and disadvantaged each month.
For more information, visit SalutetoSeniorService.com.