EAST PROVIDENCE — An 80-year-old Rumford man has been honored as the Rhode Island winner of the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Salute to Senior Service award.
Gil Pemberton is being recognized for his dedicated community service, including his work at Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
There, Pemberton assists the staff with the care of the animals and a wide variety of other tasks, such as cleaning pet enclosures, organizing supplies and working with potential adopters. He also volunteers at his church and assists with the local food pantry.
As one of 50 state winners, Pemberton earned $500 for his charity of choice – donated by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network and contest sponsor. Pemberton also will have a spot on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame on SalutetoSeniorService.com where his nomination story has been posted. As a state winner, Pemberton 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.
“Gil 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. “He 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 Gil.”
For more information about the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Salute to Senior Service program, visit SalutetoSeniorService.com.