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AmeriCorps Seniors recognized during AmeriCorps Week
Grace Arner of Albert received a certificate for five years of service as a Senior Companion volunteer.

Each March, AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors programs dedicate one week to celebrate millions of members and volunteers from across the nation who have chosen to raise their hands to help when the need arises. This year, AmeriCorps week took place the week of March 12-18.  

On March 15, staff from the Fort Hays State University Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs expressed their gratitude to volunteers serving in Barton and Pawnee counties during an in-service meeting at the Senior Center in Great Bend. During the meeting, Senior Companion volunteer Grace Arner of Albert received a certificate of appreciation for five years of service.   

Volunteer opportunities are available for both Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs. Foster Grandparents serve as classroom volunteers who are role models, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. Senior Companions provide daily assistance and friendship to adults needing support to enable them to remain living in their homes as independently as possible.

The Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs are sponsored by FHSU and funded by AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps is the federal agency connecting individuals and organizations through service and volunteering to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges. Support for these programs is also provided by many of the counties in which volunteers serve. FHSU Foster Grandparents serve in Barton, Ellis, Ford, Gove, Graham, Pawnee, Rooks, Russell and Trego counties. FHSU Senior Companion volunteers serve in Barton, Ellis, Ford, Gove, Graham, Hodgeman, Ness, Pawnee, Phillips, Rooks, Rush, Russell and Trego counties. 

Call 785-628-5809 learn how volunteers can enrich their lives and the lives of others through these programs.