Peggy Crumb, George Anderson and Glenice Mitchell were honored for their service with the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs at the November inservice meeting held in Dodge City on Nov. 1.
Crumb has served as a Foster Grandparent for six years, helping children at Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Center in Dodge City.
Foster Grandparents serve as positive role models to the children. They provide one on one attention and comfort the children who may be in distress. They are a loving adult, consistent and supportive in their service.
George Anderson of Fort Dodge has served with the Senior Companion Program for four years; Glenice Mitchell of Dodge City has served as a Senior Companion for 14 years.
Mary Burdett of Ness City, was honored for 15 years of service as a Senior Companion.
Burdett serves individuals in their homes in Ness City. These volunteers help to improve the quality of life for those who wish to age in place by assisting with light chores, running errands and transporting those they serve to appointments. Companions may make wellness checks, monitor medication and provide daily companionship and support.
They also provide respite care for family caregivers. There is no cost to the clients or families for the services provided.
The Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions are provided benefits which include a tax-free stipend, transportation allowance, accident and liability insurance, paid orientation, monthly training, sick leave, vacation, holidays and recognition.
The Program is part of Senior Corps and funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Washington, D.C.
Volunteers serve throughout a thirteen county service area in western Kansas.
For information, call FHSU at 785-628-5809.