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District of Columbia
Nominated by Dalila Rivera
Length of Service:
15 hours per month for 6 years
February 10, 2014
"People Who Need People Are the Luckiest People in the World." For the past 50 years this has been Charles Vincent's favorite quote -- ever since he heard Barbara Streisand immortalize these words in song. And at 85 years young (and going strong) Mr. Vincent lives out these beautiful words through his remarkable service and dedication to others in his local community. He started volunteering with Legal Counsel for the Elderly when he was a younger man (only 79) by devoting his time, talents, and energy to LCE's "Senior Medicare Patrol Project."
Taking the bus each day he comes in to volunteer, Mr. Vincent educates and advocates for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries who also live in the District of Columbia. By leading several dozen presentations made to senior groups throughout Washington during the past six years, he performs a vital community service of helping older neighbors protect themselves from Medicare fraud -- and educating and empowering fellow seniors in the process.
But over-and-above all of this, Mr. Vincent is being nominated because of his central role in reaching faith-based organizations throughout D.C., with a strong emphasis on connecting with multicultural faith communities and African-American churches like the one he attends. (He's an active member of Calvary Episcopal Church in Northeast Washington, and sings regularly in the Church Choir.)
Since 2011, Mr. Vincent has personally contacted more than 200 faith-based organizations and scheduled joint educational outreach events that have reached nearly 5,000 D.C. seniors, family members and caregivers, addressing topics such as: preventing Medicare fraud, waste and abuse; Part D prescription drug coverage; Medicare open enrollment; identity theft; financial exploitation; elder abuse; and more. LCE is truly blessed to have such a dedicated and dependable volunteer as Mr. Charles Vincent!
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