Senior Pushing 100 Gets National Honor for Service
to School for Children with Disabilities
Volunteer Thurman Haynes, 97, greets children as the arrive and
gets them to class safely
April 7, 2014 A 97-year-old volunteer who has
been devoting over 80 hours of service a month at a school for
children with disabilities, Thurman Haynes of Jamestown, N.C., has been
chosen as the national winner in the Salute to Senior Service
competition sponsored by Home Instead, Inc.
Haynes was selected from thousands of nominees and
50 state-level winners for the award, according to the franchisor of the
Home Instead Senior Care network.
Haynes was recognized for this award for his
dedicated community service at the
Haynes-Inman Education Center. Haynes is often one of the first to
arrive and greet students each school day, according to the sponsors
announcement. He assists children off the bus and ensures they arrive at
class safely. Haynes also lends a hand during PE class, helping students
participate in volleyball, jump rope, shuffleboard and other activities.
A regular at school events and functions, Haynes
has been involved with the Haynes-Inman Education Center since its
inception when the local Guilford County School system approached him
about selling some of his land for the school. The school, which opened
in 2010, is named in part for Hayne's granddaughter, Meredith, who had
mental and physical disabilities.
"Thurman Haynes reminds us all how important it is
to celebrate life on a daily basis," said Kevin Carr, the principal of
Haynes-Inman Education Center. "You can't buy what Thurman brings to
Haynes-Inman. His dedication and the respect and love he gives others is
Haynes additionally won the Salute to Senior
Service state award for North Carolina. As both the state and national
winner, Haynes earned a total of $5,500 for his charity of choice
donated by Home Instead, Inc. Haynes also has a spot on the Salute to
Wall of Fame where his story is posted.
"We are honored to present the national Salute to
Senior Service award to Thurman Haynes," said Jeff Huber, president of
Home Instead, Inc.
"Thurman's longstanding service to the Haynes-Inman
Education Center demonstrates so well the significant and meaningful
impact senior volunteers have on their communities every day. He also
proves age is irrelevant when it comes to making a positive difference
in the lives of others."
Haynes is among the 62 percent of seniors ages 68
and older who volunteered their time in the last year, according to a
recent Marist Poll sponsored by Home Instead, Inc.
"It's important for seniors to remain active and
engaged as they age," Huber said. "It is even possible for frail or
isolated seniors to give back to their communities as well. To that end,
the Salute to Senior Service program includes free 'give back' activity
resource sheets with ideas to help seniors who are home-bound or have
limited mobility continue to contribute to their communities through
About Home Instead Senior Care
Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lori and
Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care network says it is the world's
leading provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with
more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises providing
more than 50 million hours annually of care throughout the United
States, and several other countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care
offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGivers worldwide who provide basic
support services assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs),
personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light
housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping which
enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as
long as possible.