York County Area Agency on Aging Director Mark Shea was joined by York County Commissioners Doug Hoke and Chris Reilly at a recent luncheon at the York Outdoor Country Club to recognize the work of the agency’s volunteers.

In the past 12 months, YCAAA volunteers have served over 10,322 volunteer hours with the agency.

Receiving an award for 35 years of volunteerism with the agency was Dick Bear. Fellow volunteer Ruth Hartnett received an award for 30 years of service.

In addition, four volunteers received awards for 20 years of service to YCAAA: Dorothy Blevins, Fred Christensen, Thomas Heberly III, and Kathleen Urey-Strickler.

Bear began as an agency volunteer in 1983 in the Friendly Visitor Program. He also served on the advisory council for many years and with the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program voucher distribution.

Bear still enjoys delivering gifts during the holidays for the Senior Santa program, as well as assisting with a variety of volunteer roles at the York County Senior Games, including registration and the Wii bowling event.

Hartnett has served as a volunteer ombudsman since 1999 and also has volunteered on the agency’s advisory council.

As a current volunteer ombudsman, she assists and advocates for York County’s older adults. Before serving as an ombudsman, she assisted with the Senior Games and the Disaster Recovery Center.

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