The keynote speaker at CVAA’s Volunteer Recognition and Annual Meeting on Nov. 14 will be Madeleine Kunin. The event will be held from 4-5:30 pm at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. She will address “Building a Coalition Between Our Children and Our Elders: Intergenerational Policies that Work.” Kunin was the first female governor of Vermont and the first woman to serve three terms as governor in the United States. She served as Deputy Secretary of Education and Ambassador to Switzerland under President Clinton. Kunin is the author of three books, most recently the “New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work and Family.” There will be a book signing following the annual meeting.
Each year CVAA recognizes its staff, volunteers, and community partners. Over 1,000 CVAA volunteers each year help seniors remain at home. Volunteers deliver Meals on Wheels, provide companionship, deliver groceries, build ramps, shovel snow, and more. For many isolated, homebound seniors the only person they see during the day is their CVAA volunteer. According to Bev Hill, CVAA volunteer coordinator, “There are 30,000 seniors in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle counties. With 50 staff members, it would be impossible for CVAA to serve the needs of seniors in our area without the help of volunteers. We couldn’t do all that we do if volunteers weren’t doing all that they do to help seniors in the community maintain their independence and dignity.”
The CVAA Volunteer Recognition and Annual Meeting is free and open to the public but you must RSVP by Friday, Nov. 9. To RSVP call 865-0360. For more information call 1 (800) 642-5119 or click on cvaa.org.