Senior Services of Alexandria’s “Thanks” its Volunteers for their Work with Older Adults

“This luncheon is one of our favorite events, said Mary Lee Anderson, SSA’s Executive Director.  We are so honored to have the support of the community to run our programs.  We couldn’t do it without them!”

Left to Right: Laurie Blackburn, SSA Board Chair, Assistant Police Chief Don Hayes, Deputy Sheriff Sean Casey and Mayor Justin Wilson.

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA) honored its volunteers at an annual luncheon earlier this month.  SSA staff, board, city officials and volunteers filled the Durant Arts Center for lunch provided by Jeffery’s Catering, food provider for the Meals on Wheels program, and dessert from Giant Food (Groceries to Go partner).  Laurie Blackburn, SSA’s Board Chair welcomed everyone including Mayor Justin Wilson, Deputy Sheriff Sean Casey, Assistant Police Chief Don Hayes and Councilwoman Del Pepper as well as over 80 SSA volunteers.

Chris Condeelis, Education and Information Coordinator, Volunteer of the Year Anne Marie Bradford and Director MaryAnne Beatty.
Groceries to Go Program Director Sandy Freedman and Volunteer of the Year Marc Schulwolf.

“This luncheon is one of our favorite events, said Mary Lee Anderson, SSA’s Executive Director.  We are so honored to have the support of the community to run our programs.  We couldn’t do it without them!”

Meals on Wheels Program Manager Nathan Toews, Volunteer of the Year Davone Flanagan and Weekend/ Holiday Coordinator Diana Franklin

After lunch, SSA program directors presented “Volunteer of the Year” awards to the following people:  Meals on Wheels- Davonne Flanagan; Groceries to Go – Marc Schulwolf; Friendly Visitor – Beth Cruz and Education and Information – Anne Marie Bradford.  It was a hard choice to choose just one volunteer from each program as all of SSA’s volunteers are stars!

Friendly Visitor Volunteer Beth Cruz and Program Manager Tanya Edwards

SSA is always looking for community members to make a difference in the life of an older adult. There is something for everyone either delivering Meals on Wheels; grocery shopping for a senior who can’t shop easily but still enjoy cooking; visiting a socially isolated older adult; delivering food to pets of low-income seniors or sharing information about upcoming activities and services across Alexandria’s various communities.  If you have some time over the holidays or anytime, check us out at seniorservicesalex.org or call 703-836-4414.

(Photos by Senior Services Alexandria)

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