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Volunteer honored as Maine’s Salute to Senior Service Winner

Posted June 11, 2013, at 10:09 a.m.

WINDHAM, Maine — A 68-year-old Windham woman has been honored as the Maine winner of the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Salute to Senior Service award.

Delene Perley is being recognized for her dedicated community service, including her work at Project FEED and the Tate House Museum. She designed and maintains the website, coordinates more than 60 volunteers and coordinates pantry activities including restocking, purchasing and rescuing food and non-food items.

As one of 50 state winners, Perley earned $500 for her charity of choice,  donated by Home Instead Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network and contest sponsor. Perley also will have a spot on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame on SalutetoSeniorService.com where her nomination story has been posted. As a state winner, Perley now will be considered for the national Salute to Senior Service award.

The Salute to Senior Service program was launched last year by the Home Instead Senior Care network to honor seniors’ commitments to their causes and communities.

“Delene represents so well the dedication and commitment that make senior volunteers such a value to their communities,” said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead Inc. “She has proven once again that age is meaningless when it comes to making a difference. So many charities, nonprofit organizations and faith communities could not do the work they are doing without selfless volunteers such as Delene.”

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