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 aimed at recognizing outstanding leadership and initiative among New Hampshire senior volunteers. EngAGING NH and New Hampshire’s State Committee on Aging (SCOA) are organizing this year’s event.

“Our senior volunteers contribute so much to communities around our State each and every day,” said Vaughan Award Coordinator Roger Vachon. “What they do helps improve the lives of others, and it is so important that we take the time to recognize the value of their service.”

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.

The Vaughan Awards recognize individuals or couples over the age of 60 who demonstrate outstanding leadership or meritorious achievement as volunteers on behalf of New Hampshire’s older citizens. Nominees must be residents of New Hampshire whose volunteer work is in New Hampshire.

A joint committee of EngAGING NH and SCOA will review all nominations and select one volunteer from each county to be honored. Each county’s winning volunteer will honored for their accomplishments during a Statehouse ceremony in Concord in May. All nominations must be received no later than March 22, 2011. For more information or for a nomination form contact Roger Vachon, Vaughan Award Coordinator at engagingnh@yahoo.com or by phone at 223-6903.