Do you know an individual or organization that has shown outstanding service to area seniors? The Williamsburg Landing Fund at the Williamsburg Community Foundation provides for an annual "Outstanding Service to Seniors Award" in honor of Older Americans Month. Nominations will be accepted through March 28, 2018.
When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns grew. In April 1963, President John F. Kennedy and the National Council of Senior Citizens designated May as "Senior Citizens Month," the prelude to "Older Americans Month."
Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pays tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events and other activities.
Williamsburg Landing is proud to support the 2018 "Outstanding Service to Seniors Award" in honor of Older Americans Month. In 2017, the award was given to two organizations, the Hospice House Guild Volunteers and Rita Smith, who has recently retired as director of Williamsburg Area Faith in Action.
The "Outstanding Service to Seniors Award" will be given annually to an individual or organization that excels at service to seniors in Greater Williamsburg. Key factors in the selection of a winner include a nominee's accomplishments and impact on the community.
In order to nominate an individual or organization, please go to http://bit.ly/2DOKAeM, download the nomination form, and e-mail it to kkammer@WilliamsburgLanding.com or you may print the form and send by regular mail to: Williamsburg Landing Award for Seniors, c/o Kathy Kammer, 5700 Williamsburg Landing Dr., Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. Nominations must be received by March 28, 2018. Questions may be directed to Kathy Kammer, Senior Director of Communications & Community Relations, Williamsburg Landing, kkammer@WilliamsburgLanding.com.
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