|Copyright Marshelle Hailstock|
The UDC Institute of Gerontology honored its senior volunteers, thanking them for a year of service at the 35th Annual Senior Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on May 20, 2015. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Clavin Fields, founder of the Institute of Gerontology.
The Senior Companion and Respite Aide programs promote seniors helping seniors through volunteerism. The programs help to preserve the independence of residents of the District of Columbia, supporting low income and disable older persons 55 years and older with high quality and compassionate volunteer service. With the help of senior volunteers, the Senior Companion and the Respite Aide programs improve the lives of seniors who are in need of assistants in order to maintain living in their homes and communities, avoiding institutionalization. Volunteers work up to 20 hours per week, five days a week.