November 6, 2019: Senior Companion Volunteer Day

WHEREAS, as individuals retire, they are increasingly spending their time volunteering; and,

 

WHEREAS, nearly 24 percent of older adults volunteered last year, more than any other group; and,

 

WHEREAS, we must retain the talents and skills of the older adults who help communities in a variety of ways; and,

 

WHEREAS, Michigan’s 13 Senior Companion programs provide low income adults, ages 55 and older, challenging and meaningful volunteer opportunities in 47 counties throughout the state; and,

 

WHEREAS, partnering with more than 190 nonprofit organizations, Senior Companion programs meet a variety of personal and commnunity needs that make a positive difference in areas such as long term care, poverty, health care, and safety; and,

 

WHEREAS, statewide, an average of 487 Senior Companion volunteers served 2,497 adults with special needs in 2,092 different settings, and their significant contributions enrich the lives of so many in the communities in which they serve; and,

 

WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Michigan Office of Aging and Adult Services to raise awareness of Michigan’s Senior Companion programs and to recognize the outstanding service of Senior Companion volunteers currently serving throughout the state;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 6, 2019, as Senior Companion Volunteer Day in Michigan.