LH Volunteer Voted MI Volunter-of-theYear.

Saturday July 6, 2013


LH volunteer, Magnolia Bodley, receives Salute to Senior Service award as MI Volunteer-of-the-Year for 2013.

Kalamazoo Volunteer Honored as Michigan’s Salute to Senior Service Winner


A Kalamazoo woman has been honored as the Michigan winner of the Home Instead Senior Care® network’s Salute to Senior Service® award

Magnolia Bodley is being recognized for her dedicated community service, including her work at Lending Hands. She was the first volunteer at Lending Hands and, to this day, still helps sanitize medical equipment, answer phones, interact with clients during the necessary paperwork and attend senior fairs to provide information on the organization.


As one of 50 state winners, Bodley earned $500 for her charity of choice – donated by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network and contest sponsor. Bodley also will have a spot on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame on SalutetoSeniorService.com where her nomination story has been posted.  As a state winner, Bodley now will be considered for the national Salute to Senior Service award.


The Salute to Senior Service program was launched last year by the Home Instead Senior Care network to honor seniors’ commitments to their causes and communities.

“Magnolia represents so well the dedication and commitment that make senior volunteers such a value to their communities,” said David Smith, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Southwest Michigan..  “She has proven once again that age is meaningless when it comes to making a difference. So many charities, nonprofit organizations and faith communities could not do the work they are doing without selfless volunteers such as Magnolia.”


A public recognition ceremony for Magnolia will be held on Friday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at the Lending Hands office located at 5350 Ivanhoe Court in Portage. Michigan state representative Sean McCann will be in attendance, along with representatives of the Eastside Neighborhood Center, Church of Christ, and the mayor of Kalamazoo – Magnolia’s son – Bobbie Hopewell. For more information about the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Salute to Senior Service program, call 269-553-7773 or visit SalutetoSeniorService.com.






Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with nearly 1,000  independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 45 million hours of care throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy, Puerto Rico, the Netherlands and Mexico.  Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services – assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping – which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. In addition, CAREGivers are trained in the network’s groundbreaking Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education® Program to work with seniors who suffer from these conditions. This world class curriculum is also available free to family caregivers online or through local Home Instead Senior Care offices. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.


For more information: http://www.salutetoseniorservice.com/volunteer-contest/entries/magnolia-b/

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