Vote for Vermont’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer

Prospective Outstanding Senior Volunteer Peggy Coutu, at left, and Ann Clark pose at the entrance table of the Me and My Guy Dance, a Parks and Recreation event, last year.

Prospective Outstanding Senior Volunteer Peggy Coutu, at left, and Ann Clark pose at the entrance table of the Me and My Guy Dance, a Parks and Recreation event, last year.

Vermont residents are encouraged to cast their vote for the state’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer. The recognition is part of the Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network. The program honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.

One of Outstanding Senior Volunteers is none other than Shelburne resident Peggy Coutu. A longtime Shelburne Parks and Recreation volunteer, Coutu was nominated by Shelburne Recreation Director Betsy Cieplicki. “Peggy was a Shelburne recreation volunteer long before there was a department or director. She does anything and everything needed to help out. She helps at the beach with everything from cleaning toilets to selling beach passes to supervising lifeguards. She is the Chair of the Recreation Committee and actively seeks donations and sponsors for the programs,” Cieplicki stated enthusiastically.  “I nominated Peggy because she has a sincere passion for the programs, activities, and events offered by the Recreation Department and loves to see people of all ages enjoy them. She has been honored by the local school district and the State Recreation and Parks Association for her volunteer efforts. I urge everyone in Shelburne to go online and vote for Peggy.”

Online voting will take place until April 30 at www.SalutetoSeniorService.com (Nominations for outstanding senior volunteers were accepted between Feb. 1 and March 31) and state winners will be announced on June 9.  From those state winners, a panel of senior care experts will pick the national Salute to Senior Service honoree.

Home Instead, Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ favorite nonprofit organizations and their stories will be posted on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s nonprofit charity of choice.

For more information about the Salute to Senior Service program, visit SalutetoSeniorService.com.

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