COLUMBUS - The Ohio Department of Aging will accept nominations for its annual Joined Hearts in Giving recognition through Nov. 30, 2011. Joined Hearts honors Ohio couples who have been married for at least 40 years and who share a commitment not only to each other, but also to their community through volunteerism. Those chosen will be honored at a special reception hosted by the department and the First Lady of Ohio, Karen Waldbillig Kasich, in observance of Valentine's Day
"It has been said that marrying and raising a family together is the ultimate volunteer job," said Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the department. "Interestingly, many of the same traits contribute to success both in volunteerism and marriage: love, faith, respect, communication, tolerance and forgiveness. We are looking for folks who know what it takes to work together, share responsibilities, listen and use good humor to get through the tough times."
Individuals and organizations interested in nominating neighbors, colleagues, family members or friends may download a nomination form or submit a nomination online by visiting www.aging.ohio.gov/news/nominations/. To be eligible for recognition, the couple must be married for 40 years or longer and at least one of the spouses must be age 60 or older. Each spouse must actively participate and volunteer in community service and the couple's primary residence must be in Ohio. The couple must be aware of and consent to the nomination.
About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging provides leadership for the delivery of services and supports that improve and promote quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities, their families and their caregivers. Working with 12 area agencies on aging and other community partners, the department offers home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs such as PASSPORT, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.
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