Apr 30, 2014 1:05 PM by MELISSA CANONE
Today, 100 senior citizens were honored during the Foster Grandparent Program's 2014 Annual Volunteer Luncheon at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center.
The annual luncheon pays tribute to senior volunteers who contribute more than 1,000 hours annually. This years program celebrates 29 years of service to the Acadiana Community. Elvina Chaisson, the longest serving volunteer will be formally recognized for 23 years of uninterrupted service. In addition, Winola Charles and Peggy Dunn will be recognized for 19 years of uninterrupted service,
Foster Grandparents volunteer in schools, hospitals, drug treatment centers, correctional institutions, and day care centers. They help children who have been abused or neglected, mentor troubled teenagers and young mothers, and care for premature infants and children with physical disabilities.
The Foster Grandparent Program is a federally funded program under the National Senior Service Corps. Locally, the program is sponsored by the Lafayette Council on Aging.