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NYSOFA honors older adults for volunteerism

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The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) celebrated Older New Yorkers’ Day on May 14, honoring 100 older adults for their exceptional volunteerism and civic engagement. The event, held in Albany during Older Americans Month, recognized individuals nominated by the state’s 59 county offices for the aging and their partners for making significant community contributions.


Governor Kathy Hochul praised the honorees, highlighting their impact on community connections and expressing gratitude for their altruism. NYSOFA Director Greg Olsen emphasized the importance of the volunteers’ dedication, noting their positive influence across New York. The honorees’ efforts include supporting charitable causes, healthcare organizations, emergency management, and local fundraising activities.

The 2024 Governor’s Exemplary Volunteer Service Award was presented to Van B. Robinson of Onondaga County, a U.S. Navy veteran and former Syracuse Common Council president. Robinson has a distinguished record of community service and has been recognized for his professional and volunteer contributions.

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