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Senior volunteers honored

Senior volunteers honored

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More than 500 older adults volunteer in the Missoula community, serving as Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions to older seniors. They volunteer at the Missoula Food Bank and Missoula Humane Society and deliver Meals on Wheels.

Missoula Aging Services will recognize those volunteers with a celebration, "Sunday in the Park," on Sunday, Aug. 26. The ceremony will begin with lunch at 12:30 p.m. in the Caras Park Pavilion. Presentations will follow.

People ages 55 and older are the fastest-growing segment of the country's population. With medical advances, they are living longer and fuller lives than they did just decades before. Today's retirees are still "working," building upon their skills and experiences to improve their community. Consider:

n The 500 volunteers gave more than 113,000 hours of service this past year alone.

n Meals on Wheels, dependent on volunteer drivers, delivered more than 79,000 hot meals last year, averaging more than 1,500 a week. Driving over 63,000 miles, they could have driven around the world 3.7 times.

"The only 'paycheck' these volunteers receive is through recognition," said Colleen Baldwin, Missoula Senior Service Corps program manager for Missoula Aging Services. "Events like 'Sunday in the Park' are an opportunity to honor

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