Hendricks Couple Receive Senior Volunteers of the Year Award
POSTED: June 16, 2015
Larry and Diana Kowalski of Hendricks County have received the annual Senior Volunteer of the Year Award, a designation given annually by CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions. The duo was nominated by Marina Keers, executive director at Hendricks County Senior Services, for their service to the organization and was selected among finalists from the eight Central Indiana counties CICOA serves.
“We couldn’t foster independence, dignity and a better quality of life for older adults and people with disabilities without support from volunteers,” said Orion Bell, CICOA president and CEO. “Larry and Diana have assisted countless people in their years of services together. We thank them for the love and care they provide in our community.”
Married for 52 years, the Kowalskis have volunteered at the Hendricks County Senior Services; their church, Mary Queen of Peace; Misty Eyes Animal Shelter; Sheltering Wings, a domestic violence shelter; Friends of St. Anthony, a homeless outreach center; and at a local hospice agency.
“This was quite unexpected, and we were just shocked when the speaker called us up as the winners,” Diana said. “I must admit, I almost shed tears.”
High school sweethearts, Diana explained how she and Larry learned in grade school how God asks everyone to share their time, talents and financial support with those in need.
“Sometimes you do the smallest thing for someone, and they are so thankful,” she remarked. “It means so much to give back for all God has blessed us in our marriage.”
From collecting baby supplies and food for mothers in need, organizing fundraising events, fostering shelter animals and helping homebound senior citizens, the Kowalskis’ benevolent hearts have touched innumerable Hendricks County residents, described Keers in her nomination.