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Nominations now open for Outstanding Senior Volunteer

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Hopkins County’s population consists of an inordinate number of mature residents, who give generously of their time and resources to help others. Just look at the number of retirees and senior citizens who volunteer their services to help at the hospital, Senior Citizens Center and other deserving organizations throughout the city.

In fact, 17.4 percent of the county’s population (33,422 people) is age 62 and older. That number narrows to 13.9 percent for individuals 65 and older. Nationally, only 12.5 percent of the population are 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2005-2007 American Community Survey (http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ACSSAFFFacts).

These individuals are an invaluable resource in the knowledge and experiences they’ve amassed during their lifetimes and in the time so many still give to this community by volunteering their expertise and time to help others. Most may be “retired” but these are still some hard working folks – some do more volunteer work than others do at their regular jobs for a pay check.

It’s just such individuals that Hopkins County Fall Festival Board members are looking for, men and women over the age of 65 who provide vital services for programs and businesses throughout the county as volunteers. They’d like to recognize two such individuals, a man and a woman, with others on Senior Citizens Day during the annual county fair.

The Fall Fest Board will be accepting nominations for “Outstanding Senior Citizen Volunteer Awards” through Aug. 21.

Simply complete a nomination form and return it to Karon Weatherman, program and marking director; Senior Citizens Center, 150 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive; Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Stop by the center, call 903-885-1661 or send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a registration for or more information.

“Use the form or a separate sheet of paper, and tell us about the senior citizen(s) that you think will qualify for one of these awards. Feel free to discuss your nomination with this person and collect any information that will help us find two deserving winners of these awards,” Weatherman said. “There are a lot of senior citizens that volunteer and I want them all to have a chance to win, so please pass the information along.”

Forms must include the senior volunteer’s name, date of birth, address, where in Hopkins County they volunteer, what they do while volunteering, whether they are male or female, why they should be selected to win a “Senior Volunteer” Award, signature of the person submitting the nomination and the date.

Nominations will be reviewed in the weeks following the Aug. 21, submission deadline. Winners will be announced and have their photos taken with awards at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center on Tuesday, Sept. 15, which has been dubbed Fall Festival Senior Citizens Day as numerous activities are geared toward more senior residents.

 

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