The North/Eastside Senior Coalition is pleased to announce one of the two volunteers nominated for a United Way Community Volunteer Award was selected at the ceremony yesterday. Lydia Auner was one of two students selected for the Goodman Gemstone Youth Award.
Lydia is part of the ENJOY Club (East Neighbors Joining Old and Young) at Madison East High School. The ENJOY Club is a branch of the Home Chore Program, which provides volunteers to limited income senior adults in Madison, so they can stay independent and in their own homes. For the past three years, Lydia has provided general home chores, weekly, to a senior adult woman on the North/East side of Madison. In Lydia’s nomination submission, NESCO Programs Manager Katie Kluesner wrote, “Lydia recruits new members and is a positive member of the club. Her peers respect and look up to her. She is deeply involved with other sports and clubs at East High School, including gymnastics, cross country and many more. She is a very busy young adult but always finds time to volunteer and visit her senior adult. Lydia is a wonderful, caring person, with a warm heart.”
This is the first year the Goodman Gemstone Youth Award has been presented; it is in honor of philanthropists Irwin and Bob Goodman. Although Lydia was unable to attend yesterday’s awards ceremony due to a school sponsored trip to the Smokey Mountains, her mother Lois Bergerson accepted an engraved clock and gemstone pin on her behalf. The award also comes with a $1,000 scholarship for Lydia and a $1,000 donation to NESCO.
NESCO also nominated Mary Beth Welch for a Community Volunteer Award, honoring her volunteer work helping senior adults navigate the complex Medicare Part D enrollment system. After being initially trained on the intricate Medicare Part D Planfinder website (listing insurance plans for prescription drugs), Mary Beth worked one-on-one with senior adults reviewing their medications and then finding the plan that best fit their needs and their wallets. NESCO’s case managers accompanied Mary Beth to the awards ceremony, recognizing the huge impact she made to this vital program. Bilingual Case Manager Liz Mensing stated, “Mary Beth helped us by freeing up a lot of our time so we could assist seniors with other critical needs. We could completely trust Mary Beth with this complex system—we could give her these referrals and knew she would follow-up with the seniors and find the best plan for each one.”
Please join us in congratulating both Lydia and Mary Beth—they rock!
Watch the video of Lydia and her mom, Lois, accepting the award. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rNb5BrTjMA