Equinox Terrace Presents Senior Service Award
While many would say that volunteering is something they have to make a conscious effort to do, Bev Van Sickle says it is part of who she is. Van Sickle has been volunteering with Neighbor to Neighbor since 2004, when it was still called Faith in Action. Because of her admirable devotion to helping others, Equinox Terrace Assisted Living recently presented her with the Senior Service Award. Kate Coss, Director of Neighbor to Neighbor, nominated Van Sickle for the honor. The charity and Van Sickle were each given a $500 gift from Equinox Terrace Assisted Living as part of the award.
“I am so honored to have been chosen for this award,” said Van Sickle. “Neighbor to Neighbor is a wonderful organization that helps people remain independent in their homes by providing needed services and social events.”
Neighbor to Neighbor provides home-based services that help housebound residents throughout the Northshire area. The program also presents social events to help these seniors feel connected to each other and to their community at large. Van Sickle has been involved for about seven years as a volunteer driver and event planner. Van Sickle loves being able to host events that help reconnect seniors, and being able to help seniors get out of their homes for fun events.
“Bev is the volunteer I wanted to honor because she has been involved with Neighbor to Neighbor for several years,” said Coss. “Her support and energy and her dedication to the program and the work we do have been consistent. Although she may not agree, I consider her instrumental to the success of the program.”
“We believe that volunteers like Bev and the others involved with Neighbor to Neighbor play such a vital role in how well our community is able to thrive,” said Ann Bouza, Executive Director, Equinox Terrace Assisted Living. Equinox Terrace Assisted Living recently held a special afternoon event for Neighbor to Neighbor volunteers and Bev Van Sickle. At that time, the community presented $500 donation checks to Neighbor to Neighbor and to Van Sickle.