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February 19, 2013

Residents encouraged to nominate volunteers

NORMAN — The Salute to Senior Service program — sponsored by Home Instead Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network — honors contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.

Nominations for outstanding senior volunteers are due March 31. State winners then will be selected by popular vote at SalutetoSeniorService.com. Online voting will be April 15-30. From those state winners, a panel of senior care experts will pick the national 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.

“We all know seniors who do so much for our community,” said Lance Roberts, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving the Norman area. “These silent heroes give selflessly, expecting nothing in return. And yet, their contributions often make a difference not only to the organizations they serve but in changing how the public views growing older.”

Senior care professionals and those who work at hospitals, senior care facilities and other places where seniors volunteer are encouraged to nominate. So, too, are family caregivers and adult children of aging parents. Older adults also may self-nominate.

To complete and submit a nomination form online for a senior age 65 or older who volunteers at least 15 hours a month, and to view the contest’s official rules, visit SalutetoSeniorService.com. Completed nomination forms also can be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005.

For more information, call 310-2756.

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