NH DHHS - State Seeking Nominations for Senior Volunteer Awards

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announces the nomination process is underway for the Joseph D. Vaughan Awards. The Vaughan Awards are an annual effort recognizing outstanding leadership and initiative among New Hampshire senior volunteers.

This year’s awards are a joint effort between EngAGING NH and New Hampshire’s State Committee on Aging (SCOA). The two organizations are currently accepting nominations. A committee will then review all the nominations and select one senior or one couple from each county to be honored.

“There are so many valuable services that senior volunteers provide to communities all over our State” said Vaughan Award Coordinator Roger Vachon. “EngAGING NH and SCOA are proud to be able to honor the hard work these volunteers do to help improve the lives of others.”

Some of the valuable services past Vaughan Award recipients have provided include delivering meals to the homebound, volunteering at hospitals, adult day programs and home health agencies, visiting residents of nursing facilities, working with medication assistance programs, providing transportation, and helping to organize or enhance community resources.

The Vaughan Awards were initiated in 1962 in memory of Joseph D. Vaughan, a New Hampshire legislator and an advocate on behalf of the elderly. Vaughan was instrumental in creating a state agency dedicated to the well being of senior citizens.

To be eligible for consideration, nominees must be: An individual or couple residing in New Hampshire; must be over the age of 60; must have shown outstanding leadership or demonstrated meritorious achievement, as a volunteer, on behalf of the older citizens of New Hampshire. Nominations must be received no later than March 20, 2010. For more information contact Roger Vachon, Vaughan Award Coordinator at engagingnh@yahoo.com

Award recipients will be invited to participate in a ceremony honoring their accomplishments. The ceremony is scheduled for May 13, at the Statehouse in Concord.