Area Agency on Aging Names Volunteers Of The Month

Julie Geyer, Dawn Hetrick, Joan Hale and Carol Lyons have been named Volunteers of the Month by the York County Area Agency on Aging for their ongoing service and dedication to the agency and York County’s older adults.

Oxford Township resident Julie Geyer became a Friendly Visitor and Financial Counselor volunteer for YCAAA after providing long-distance care to her father following her mother’s death. She quickly realized that her father and other older adults need someone to advocate on their behalf.

“Giving back to the community is important because you never know when you may need assistance in life,” Geyer said. “When you volunteer, you build wonderful relationships.”

Dawn Hetrick of Manchester Township has volunteered all her life and enjoys helping people. She has been an YCAAA volunteer for more than 13 years with special events and currently is in the Telephone Reassurance program.

Dawn enjoys the immediate benefits volunteering provides.

“Volunteering enables you to learn from others,” Hetrick said.

A Friendly Visitor for 20 years, Conewago Township resident Joan Hale began volunteering after being a primary caregiver for her mother.

“Loneliness is a terrible thing and since I enjoy talking, being a friendly visitor is a means to bring joy to an elderly person,” Hale said. “Volunteering is so rewarding and it benefits both you and the individuals you serve; time is so important and giving it to others doesn’t cost anything.”

Following retirement from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Springettsbury Township resident Carol Lyons realized that she could use her experience to help others. As an APPRISE counselor she assists Medicare beneficiaries which helps her keep her mind active. She, along with her husband, is a Senior Games volunteer and assists with the distribution of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers.

“Volunteering is good for the soul,” says Carol. “It feels good to help someone else.”

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