Marilyn Y.

Oxford, OH
Nominated by Debbie Curry

Volunteered for:

Oxford Seniors

Length of Service:

60 hours per month for 18 years

February 28, 2014

I would like to nominate Marilyn Young for your "Salute to a Senior". I have known Marilyn Young for the past 8 years. I first met her when I was a nurse in a local nursing home taking care of her mother. She would make regular visits with her mother & was very active in her care. I then changed positions & started working for Oxford Seniors. When I would see her visiting with her mother she always had had her husband with her & they had told me her story of him being an organ recipient. David would go with her & give talks to promote the organ donor program & they were granted an extra 10 years thanks to someone's generosity. They were active in Oxford Seniors but after he passed away in 2010, Marilyn needed to fill the void she felt. She started volunteering more with oxford Seniors. She delivers home delivered meals, volunteers at our fundraising events, & works in our kitchen for our Friday "carry in" lunch program & special event. She is head of the Stain Glass Workshop & helps anyone who may show an interest in anyone who may show an interest in stain glass work & takes orders to be filled by our stain glass shop as well. She has served on the Board of Directors & held many different officer positions. When she was chairman she would write monthly for our newsletter, always promoting activities offered by the senior center. She truly gives 100% when she is volunteering & you know that her love for others is a driving force. She also volunteers on other boards. She is an Ambassador for Life Center Network. this is one of 59 centers int he U.S. that works with UNOS to find matches for organ & tissue donations. She speaks on the importance of Organ Donation & Procurement at health fairs, senior centers, volunteer fairs, & anywhere she is asked. She is Chairman of the board for "Change of Heart" organization. This is a support group for people in SW Ohio, Indiana,& Northern KY that have had heart transplants, & she is the editor of their monthly newsletter. She is also on the board for the state of Ohio Second Chance Trust. This is the group that is in charge of money disbursement that is donated when you renew your driver's license for the Organ Donation program in Ohio. She is also involved with activities at Miami University in Oxford. She is on the board for the Blue Line Club which is a support group for Miami Ice Hockey. She is on the Baseball Association board of directors for Miami as well. She has taught ILR (Institute Learning in retirement) classes (stain glass & tin punch) for Miami University at Oxford Seniors as one of the programs that is offered at our senior center. She is a big Miami sports fan dating back to 1967, when she & David moved to Oxford when he took his position as the Sports Information Director. She is s member of the Kiwanis Club of Oxford where she is in charge of the volunteers for their fundraising events including "Pancake Day". That event alone is a huge undertaking & is always a huge fundraiser for Kiwanis. She is a member of DeltaTheta Tau which is philanthropic sorority that raises money to support other non-profit groups locally that are in need of monetary donations. At the very top of her list is her faith & family. She attends Oxford Presbyterian Church & the mother of 2 sons, 6 grandchildren & 5 great grandchildren. Oxford seniors is very grateful to have such a dedicated volunteer & friend. She is always willing to lend a helping hand, promote the organization she loves & ALWAYS has a smile on her face that will brighten any room. Please consider choosing Marilyn for your Salute tot a Senior program. Respectfully submitted & nominated by Debbie Curry, LPN-Director of Oxford Seniors Community Adult Day Service.

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The National Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $5,000 donation, courtesy of Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise network. Each Local Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $500 donation. All Winners will receive a certificate and a spot in the Contest’s “Wall of Fame” here on in recognition of their outstanding service.

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