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Council for Seniors honors 55 volunteers

LAWRENCEVILLE -- On Thursday, the Gwinnett Council for Seniors honored 55 volunteers for service provided to senior clubs and nonprofit organizations throughout the county.

During the awards luncheon at Bethesda Senior Center, 24 nonprofit organizations each recognized one of their members with a "President's Choice -- Volunteer of the Year" certificate, according to a news release. Additionally, nine people received the President's Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service.

"These recipients of the President's Volunteer Service Award are role models for all Americans," said John Winters, president of the Gwinnett Council for Seniors. "Each volunteer honor contributed makes a difference in improving the quality of life for others, and I encourage everyone to contribute to our community by volunteering."

Established in 2003 by President Bush, the award is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering.

To be eligible to receive the award, individuals, families and groups submit a record of their annual volunteer service hours to participating certifying organizations, such as the Gwinnett Council for Seniors, that will verify the service and deliver the award.

For more information about volunteering for the Gwinnett Council for Seniors, visit http://gwinnettcouncilforseniors.org.