MAS Senior Corps Volunteers Honored through Local, State and National Awards
Al Goddard was recognized by Governor John Engen May 2018 for his hours of volunteer work.
Missoula Aging Services (MAS) is proud to recognize Foster Grandparent volunteers Al Goddard, Nancy Jordan and Mary Barnett as recipients of the 2018 ServeMontana Award, the Hospice Care Foundation’s Honoring our Heroes Award and the Daily Point of Light Award respectively.
Recognized by Governor Steve Bullock, Al has volunteered more than 18,000 hours at Meadow Hill Middle School, The Flagship Program and the Boys & Girls Club of Missoula County. Nancy has been a Senior Corps volunteer for over 10 years, starting out as a Senior Companion and now serving as a Foster Grandparent. Mary is one of MAS’ longest-serving volunteers with 21,163 hours through Senior Corps. She’s served Missoula Community School since 2012, previously volunteering at the Lewis & Clark School starting in 2004.
As part of our Senior Corps program, Foster Grandparents provide valuable assistance in Missoula County Schools.
“With 50-percent of our families on some level of financial assistance, our budget is very tight,” Tina McGill said, the principal of St. Joseph School. “We are always in need of foster grandparents who enjoy working one-on-one or in small groups with students within the classroom. That support allows for quality time for the students and aids the teacher in differentiating the instruction for the varied needs in the classroom.”
Thanks in large part to our dedicated volunteers, Missoula County’s Senior Corps program has been certified for funding this fiscal year and grant certified for a 3 year period beginning in July 2018.
Guest column in Missoulian
MAS Governing Board Chair Larry White shares some of the potential impacts on older adults if federal-state Medicaid funding is cut. Read the July 1, 2017 guest opinion here.
Guest opinion in Missoulian
Senior Corps volunteers are valued highly in the community for their contributions, and Senior Corps Week during May is a good time to acknowledge that. Read the May 15, 2017 guest opinion article here.
Swan Valley Community Foundation Supports Initiative for Services for Older Adults
The SVCF is working in collaboration with Missoula Aging Services (MAS) and the Seeley Lake Community Foundation to fund a resource specialist at MAS' new satellite office in Seeley Lake. Read the article in the Seeley Lake Pathfinder.