Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Council On Aging ( COA) celebrated National Volunteer Week with its annual Volunteer Appreciation Ice Cream Social at the Shrewsbury Senior Center April 14. The event recognizes the contributions of time, energy and talent of the participants to the Shrewsbury senior community. Volunteers help in many ways, such as bringing meals to homebound seniors, acting as greeters, planning activities, and offering entertainment and educational opportunities.
Ninety volunteers attended the event and a majority of them are seniors themselves. They were praised for their strong work ethic, commitment to the town and to the Shrewsbury Senior Center.
Participants enjoyed ice cream, toppings, fruits, cookies and more. Awards were also given out and all volunteers were recognized for their contributions to making the Shrewsbury Senior Center a strong and vibrant commu- nity.
Presiding over the ceremonies was COA Director of the Shrewsbury Senior Center Sharon Yager, COA Chair Tim Swiss and Volunteer Coordinator Stacey Lavely.
This fiscal year, the Shrewsbury COA had 399 volunteers contribute their time for an in-kind value of $341,912. This data is based on the Points of Light Foundation criteria for volunteers as well as real-world salary calculations.