INDIANAPOLIS — Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Golden Hoosier Award, one of the highest honors given to Indiana senior citizens.
The annual award began in 2008 and honors Indiana senior citizens who are the unsung heroes of their community.
The 2016 Golden Hoosier Award winners. The Golden Hoosier Award is given to an Indiana resident, age 65 or older, that has been a volunteer in the community for the past three years. Photo by Jackson Hughes, TheStatehouseFile.com
“What an honor it is to recognize senior Hoosiers who impact our great cities and towns each day through their volunteering and dedication to their local communities,” Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said in a statement. Crouch partners with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Aging to present the award.
One of the 2016 winners, Mary Lou Powers, didn’t know the Golden Hoosier Award existed.
“I was very surprised to receive the award,” the 75-year-old said.
Powers is the president of Dillsboro Town Council. She also is a member of the Civic Club and Planning & Zoning Park board. Powers thinks everyone should volunteer regardless of age.
“Every community needs more volunteers because that’s what makes a community work,” Powers said. “There’s always a need for volunteers for so many things.”
Any Indiana resident age 65 or older and has been a volunteer in the community for the past three years are eligible for this award. The nomination form can be found on the lieutenant governor’s website at lg.in.gov. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, May 24.
The winners will be honored at the Statehouse on June 23.
Powers said she will keep giving back to her community as long as she is able to.
“You could sit in front of your TV and not do anything,” she said, “or you could call an organization and start volunteering.”
Kayla Walker is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.