The AHCA/NCAL named Seniors Aid New Hampshire as their 2012 National Group Volunteer of the Year!
Seniors Aid New Hampshire Receives National Award:
2012 Group Volunteer of the Year
– AHCA/NCAL honors Seniors Aid New Hampshire with annual award for its commitment to volunteering and improving the lives of others –
Pembroke, NH – Seniors Aid New Hampshire, a service-oriented group comprised of active residents of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, has been named the 2012 American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) Group Volunteer of the Year. Each year, the AHCA/NCAL presents the award to one group that best demonstrates outstanding passion for volunteerism in the nation’s skilled nursing and post-acute care centers.
“Seniors Aid New Hampshire is living proof that we can change others’ lives at any age,” said John Poirier, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Health Care Association (NHHCA). “Through having meaningful work to improve their own lives, many people living in facilities have found a new purpose and inspiration for improving the lives of others.”
Seniors Aid New Hampshire offers residents of facilities the opportunity to live beyond the “day-to-day” and make a difference within their residential community as well as their surrounding communities. Residents from 37 facilities throughout New Hampshire meet monthly via conference calls and work together to achieve common goals such as feeding the poor and advocating for improvements in long term and post-acute care for both residents and staff members. Seniors Aid New Hampshire is a self-run group, though it receives administrative support from the New Hampshire Health Care Association. Over the past five years, the group has raised over $120,000 for the New Hampshire Food Bank, helping to feed the men, women, and children who rely on the organization for food and shelter. Though the group does organize and participate in several external fundraisers and activities, the vision of the group centers on recognizing that all people, regardless of age, have the opportunity to remain active contributors to their peers and communities at large.
“I have no doubt that their fundraising efforts give these residents a feeling of accomplishment, involvement in their community, and something to anticipate,” said Mel Gosselin, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Food Bank, in her nomination letter of the group. “The participating seniors inspire their friends, family, and a neighbor by showing that philanthropy has no age limit.”
Seniors Aid New Hampshire was honored as the 2012 AHCA/NCAL Group Volunteer of the Year at the AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention & Expo in Tampa, Florida, on October 10, 2012.