Shepherd\u2019s Centers of America (SCA) announces Sue Ducharme, with the Shepherd\u2019s Center of Greenbrier Valley (WV), was nominated for the 2017 Donald Owen Smith National Volunteer Leadership Award. This award recognizes top volunteers with the Shepherd\u2019s Centers of America network for their service in helping older adults live safely and independently in their own homes. This is the only national volunteer award recognizing the service of seniors to seniors.\r\n\r\n\u201cThere are countless ways volunteers inspire others,\u201d says Shepherd\u2019s Centers of America\u2019s Board Chair Ann McClung, who also serves as the chair of the local Shepherd\u2019s Center. \u201cThrough the Shepherd\u2019s Centers network, older adult volunteers perform simple, ordinary acts of care and kindness that make a remarkable difference in the lives of others.\u201d\r\n\r\nVolunteer activities include driving a neighbor to a doctor\u2019s appointment or grocery store, or could be as simple as changing a light bulb, helping with minor home repairs, or offering companionship with regular, friendly visits.\u00a0 Says McClung, \u201cThese acts of kindness allow older adults to safely remain in their own homes and connected to the community.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cSue is an excellent candidate for this award,\u201d says one reviewer from the national committee.\u00a0 She has served in many various roles with the Shepherd\u2019s Center and is an exceptional example for other volunteers. \u201cSue\u00a0 embodies Shepherd\u2019s Center ideals in how she is living her retirement,\u201d says Teresa Bostic, executive director of Shepherd\u2019s Center of Greenbrier Valley. \u201cShe is generous with her time and talents in growing our Shepherd\u2019s Center and has been instrumental in laying the groundwork for a Continuous Care Retirement Community in the Greenbrier Valley.\u201d\r\n\r\nAnnually, the Shepherd\u2019s Centers network of 55 centers supports more than 13,000 volunteers who donate 660,800 hours of service. As a result, nearly 55,000 older adults are provided informal caregiving services at no charge. The estimated value of these services is $15.5 million, based on the Independent Sector\u2019s value for volunteer time.\r\n\r\nThe distinguished Donald Owen Smith National Volunteer Leadership Award is given each year to recognize volunteers from around the Shepherd\u2019s Centers network. Ducharme is a worthy nominee who embodies the passion, commitment and joyful caring of the Donald Owen Smith National Volunteer Leadership Award.