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Search is on for Washington's outstanding senior volunteer

Seniors are making a big difference in their communities. Now residents can recognize and thank the senior volunteers in their lives by nominating one deserving individual for a Salute to Senior Service award. - Contributed Art
Seniors are making a big difference in their communities. Now residents can recognize and thank the senior volunteers in their lives by nominating one deserving individual for a Salute to Senior Service award.
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Every day, Washington state senior volunteers generously give their time and service to help others. Now here's your chance to give back by nominating a deserving older adult in your community for his or her outstanding service through the Salute to Senior Service® program.

Sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, Salute to Senior Service recognizes the invaluable contributions of adults age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.

"Seniors have so much to give and make a positive impact on our communities daily," said Lois Etienne, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care offices serving Snohomish, Pierce, and North/South King Counties. "Senior volunteerism not only benefits others, but also helps seniors stay active and socially engaged in their communities – important elements of healthy aging."

Members of the community are asked to nominate and vote for these everyday heroes between Jan. 15 and March 1 at SalutetoSeniorService.com. State winners will be determined by popular vote. A panel of senior care experts will then select a national Salute to Senior Service winner from among the state honorees.

Home Instead, Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners' designated and approved nonprofit organizations, and their personal stories will be shared online on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner's designated and approved nonprofit charity.

To complete and submit an online nomination form for a senior age 65 or older who volunteers at least 15 hours a month, and to view the contest's official rules, visit SalutetoSeniorService.com. Completed nomination forms can alternatively be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005.

For more information about Salute to Senior Service or the Home Instead Senior Care network's services, call 253-943-1603 or visit www.homeinstead.com/152.

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