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Texas 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.

Online voting will take place through Tuesday, April 30. 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.

In 2003 the San Antonio Food Bank started a program for seniors 60 and older who are low income and needed food assistance. Local nominee Elizabeth “BJ” Caldwell of San Antonio is passionate about what she does, always willing to give more and more of herself. BJ was recruited to coordinate the food distribution at one of the more rural areas in Elmendorf, south of San Antonio.

She started providing six to eight volunteer hours monthly. As the program grew, BJ volunteered at several additional sites, setting up the program and training new volunteers to take over the distribution at the new sites so that they may independently take over the distribution.

She is always willing to step in any time a site manager volunteer is unable to be at the site during distribution.

As the senior programs grow and are able to provide more for our senior community, BJ’s number of volunteer hours has grown. She now does two distributions at her original distribution site, which accounts for 14 volunteer hours, and she also does a second site for another 14 hours.

During the summer months, she also provides assistance with the distribution of Farmers Market vouchers at the WIC clinics and at the Farmers Markets an additional 20 to 30 hours a week for three months out of the year.

Often BJ not only does the distributions but will also deliver the food boxes to clients who are ill or to the homebound.

Her dedication and commitment to what she does provides assistance to our elderly who otherwise would go hungry. Currently she is providing food boxes to 187 clients in Elmendorf and at an apartment complex in San Antonio. She also has ensured that hundreds of young families and hundreds of seniors receive vouchers to purchase fresh produce from local farmers.

BJ is a volunteer Hunger Fighter who is always willing to provide as many hours as necessary to ensure our senior community is taken care of. After the distributions she is always willing to drive to the food bank to drop off any leftover produce and/or to deliver new applications and reports. She is a true Hunger Fighter.

To cast your vote or for more information, visit http://www.salutetoseniorservice.com/volunteer-contest/entries/Elizabeth-c.
 

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