Special to The Hays Daily News

Henrietta Bartonek of Otis and Arleen Wittman of Hays were recognized for their service as senior companions at the September inservice meeting Sept. 7 at Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

Bartonek has served in Rush County for 16 years; Wittman has served in Hays for two years.

The Senior Companion program engages seniors who wish to contribute to their communities through meaningful service to others, and enables individuals to help and develop friendships with adults who have special needs.

Senior companions, 55 years and older, volunteer their time helping with light chores, transportation assistance, respite care, wellness checks and other daily living activities. There is no cost for the services provided.

For their service, volunteers are provided benefits which include a tax-free stipend, transportation allowance, accident and liability insurance, paid orientation, monthly training, sick leave, vacation, holidays and recognition.

The program is sponsored by Fort Hays State University and primarily funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Ellis and Rush counties provide support to the program. For information, call FHSU at (785) 628-5809.

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Pictured: L - R - Henrietta Bartonek, Arlene Wittman