Chautauqua County Office for the Aging recently held its annual volunteer picnic in Mayville. The OFA volunteers assist with many programs, such as caregiver support, the ombudsman program and medical transportation. A special recognition was given to Jeanne Hatheway of Dewittville. Jeanne was honored as Volunteer of the Year. Jeanne has been with OFA since 1998. She serves as a long-term care ombudsman where she visits and advocates for people specifically at the Lutheran Retirement Home in Falconer. She is a friendly visitor to isolated people in the community. Jeanne also serves on the Long Term Care Council, providing vital input as a senior consumer representative. OFA considers Jeanne as true gem. Her humor, spirit and knowledge bring peace and hope to those she unselfishly serves.
OFA volunteers are essential to serving frail elders in our community. They allow Office for the Aging to expand our reach to many more people than we could with our limited staff. OFA volunteers help people get to important medical appointments in and out of the county. They take the pressure off of caregivers by visiting with clients in their homes and even help in our offices by organizing events such as our Christmas baskets for solitary seniors.
OFA extends its sincerest appreciation to all the volunteers who truly make an impact on our communities and the lives of elders. If you would like to volunteer or get more information, please call Jennifer Ellman at 753-4781 or email at email@example.com. Upcoming ombudsman classes to begin in September; call to reserve your spot.
Pictured are OFA director Dr. Mary Ann Spanos and volunteer Jeanne Hatheway.