The oldest WAGES Foster Grandparent, Mrs. Ella Mae Beverly, age 93, is pictured with Mayor Chuck Allen during the 2016 Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service. WAGES is the local sponsor for senior volunteers who daily give service to improve the lives of children and frail adults in the community. Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors and friends to children with special or exceptional needs. They help children learn to read and provided one-on-one tutoring in child care centers, head start centers and elementary schools. Senior Companions provide assistance and friendship to adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks and help these adults remain independent in their homes instead of having to be moved to institutional care facilities. They also provide much needed respite time to families and caregivers for their clients.
These senior volunteers help strengthen Goldsboro and Wayne County through the gift of service. April 5, 2016 was proclaimed as the 2016 Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service in honor of the 200 volunteers who serve in Wayne County.
In the above picture are from left to right: Lula Jones, Jessie Whittaker, Darris Coy, Shirley Edwards (WAGES Board Chairperson), Mayor Chuck Allen, Ella Beverly, Delbra McIntyre, Edna Moore, Janet Jennette, Troy Ferguson and Carolyn Blake.
WAGES Senior Companions and Foster Grandparents celebrate Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service with Goldsboro Mayor Chuck Allen. L to R: Carnell Greenfield, Doris Atkinson, Marlene Bartlett, Patricia Stanley, Mayor Allen, Mamie Smith, Gloria Blair and Carolyn Robinson .