ROANOKE, Va.—The nominations are posted and now it's time to cast your vote for Virginia's Outstanding Senior Volunteer.
The recognition is part of the annual Salute to Senior Service program which honors the contributions of area seniors age 65 and older who donate their time and talents to the community.
The highest vote-getter will be recognized as Virginia's Outstanding Senior Volunteer and be considered for national honors.
Virginia 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 franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network. 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 will take place from April 15 to April 30, 2013. To cast your vote, click here. (Nominations for outstanding senior volunteers were accepted between Feb. 1 and March 31, 2013.) 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 Murray Leibowitz of Charlottesville, Va. At the age of 90, Leibowitz was recognized for his work at Hospice of the Piedmont.
The 2012 national winner is 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.