Special to The Hays Daily News

Paul Wagner, Jan Williams, Marttha Smith and Agnes Zwenger were honored for their service to frail elderly at the holiday luncheon at the Fox Pavilion on Nov. 5. Wagner, Williams and Smith were recognized for one year of service with the program and Zwenger was honored for five years. All serve individuals in Hays.

Senior Companions must be at least 60 years of age or older and be willing to make a commitment of serving 15 hours each week, helping others who need support or assistance to remain in their homes. There is no cost to the clients or their families for the services provided.

Senior Companions are volunteers, however, they 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 Senior Companion Program is sponsored by Fort Hays State University and funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Ellis County also provides support to the programs. In 2009, the program will celebrate 35 years of service to the elderly. For information, call FHSU at (785) 628-5809.