More Than 400 Senior Volunteers Honored By JASA
Age is just a number to the more than 400 seniors honored at JASA’s Volunteer Recognition Day, celebrating the men and women ranging in age from 50 to over 90 who volunteer their time and talent to their communities throughout New York. These dedicated community volunteers from senior centers across the boroughs gathered November 8 to be recognized and celebrated for their work, during JASA’s annual event, which included a range of entertainment, dancing and ceremony. And making the event particularly impressive were the 27 volunteers over the age of 90 who were honored with a special ceremony for their service. The festivities took place from 10:30 am – 2:00 pm at JASA’s Brookdale Village Senior Center, located at 131 Beach 19th Street in Far Rockaway
These volunteers are participants in JASA’s Give Back to the Community Program, which helps empower seniors by providing them with a chance to improve the lives of others. Seniors of all ages are given the opportunity to volunteer with over 100 of New York’s community service programs where they can participate in activities such as serving meals for residents at a domestic violence shelter, knitting caps for cancer patients and premature babies, visiting sick children in the hospital, running food and clothing drives for the homeless, reading to school kids, and more.
“Many of these men and women have been giving to the community their whole lives through military service and volunteering for charitable and civic work,” said JASA CEO Kathryn Haslanger. “These New Yorkers continue to reach out to help others and deserve our recognition and thanks. Our Give Back program has been a true win-win for the communities that benefit from the volunteerism of these seniors, and for the people who participate.”
While some believe that seniors have “earned the right” to slow down and relax, you would not know that from the exuberance displayed at yesterday’s gathering. DJ Angela Lobianco provided music for dancing, in addition to special feature performances by JASA dancers and singers. A catered lunch was served.
“I began volunteering through JASA in 2013 when I retired and I’ve been with them since. Currently, I supervise an English conversation class,” said Frances Conners, one of the seniors in attendance at the event. “JASA is close to my heart and a major part of my life. I take yoga, tai chi, and all the art classes they offer. I was so happy when I saw that JASA had so many senior programs in my community.”
JASA is one of New York’s largest and most trusted agencies serving older adults. Their comprehensive services are designed to meet the complex needs of adults as they age. Their goal is to keep seniors – of all races, religions and economic backgrounds – living safely in their own homes, in familiar surroundings, with independence, dignity, and joy. JASA’s services include: affordable housing, adult protective services, elder abuse prevention and intervention, health promotion, mental health, home care, home-delivered meals, legal services, senior centers and much more. For more information, visit www.jasa.org.