Two Hays Senior Companions, Connie Smith and Margie Heart, and Victoria Foster Grandparent Marilyn Stoffel were honored for their service at the Sept. 6 in-service meeting at Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

Smith has served with the program for one year; Heart for two years; and Stoffel has served one year helping children at Victoria Grade School.

Respite care, companionship, transportation assistance and help with light chores are among the services companions provide at no cost to the recipient or family served.

Foster grandparents share the time and wisdom helping children in schools and day-care centers, reading to the children, helping them with classwork, providing one-on-one attention and support to those who need a caring adult’s time and love.

Volunteers with the programs receive certain benefits, including a tax-free stipend, travel reimbursement, paid vacation, sick leave and training, as well as accident and liability insurance while serving.

The programs are sponsored by Fort Hays State University and funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Washington, D.C. Ellis County and the city of Victoria provide support to the programs.

For information, call FHSU at (785) 628-5809.