East Windsor Township Presents to Kathleen Griffin 2019 Sylvia Weiss Senior Citizen Award For Outstanding Service as a Volunteer

Published on Jun 05, 2019 at 11:01a.m.

Mayor Janice S. Mironov issued a Proclamation recognizing May as Older Americans Month and presented to Kathleen Griffin the 2019 “Sylvia Weiss Senior Citizen Award for Outstanding Service as a Volunteer,” at a ceremony at the East Windsor Township Senior Center.

Kathleen Griffin, a 32 year East Windsor resident, has been volunteering for the past four years at the East Windsor Township Senior Center, dedicating over eighteen hours each week assisting staff and members.  She performs a wide range of tasks, including mans the front desk and answers phones, prints newsletters, helps with set-up and details of special events, researches topics and speakers for programs, assists in organizing and supervising senior trips, trains new volunteers, and provides tours to new members.  Kathy Griffin, known as a friendly and welcoming face to everyone, is described as a cheerful giving person, warm hearted, kind, reliable, someone who goes out of her way to assist in any way.  Ms. Griffin also is actively involved in other community organizations, serving as President of The Anthonians of St. Anthony’s Church, a service organization serving senior citizens, and as a volunteer service member of the Columbiettes.

Mayor Mironov praised the honoree stating, “Kathy Griffin is an incredibly dedicated and caring individual who devotes endless hours and efforts to our Senior Center, and is well known for her tireless efforts there as a volunteer.  Kathy’s friendly, warm and helpful manner contributes to the welcoming atmosphere of the Senior Center.  Kathy enthusiastically helps out in any way that is asked of her and contributes her time, skills and knowledge to the betterment of our community, truly exemplifying the spirit of volunteerism.  Kathy has touched many lives through her kind and giving attitude and has set a wonderful example for everyone to get involved in their community.  We are proud and thankful to present this award to Kathy for her tremendous past and future volunteer service to East Windsor’s senior citizens and our community.”

The Sylvia Weiss Senior Citizen Award for Outstanding Service as a Volunteer, presented annually by East Windsor Township, recognizes a senior citizen who has exhibited outstanding service through volunteerism to the community by way of schools, religious institutions, service organizations or directly to the public.  Sylvia Weiss is a former East Windsor Township Council Member, past Council senior citizen advisor and chairperson of the Commission on Aging and was instrumental in the original formation of the senior citizen program. 

The Mayoral Proclamation for Older Americans Month notes that, “this year’s theme ‘Connect, Create, Contribute’ marks the 54th year of the Older Americans Act, recognizing that older adults play a key role in the vitality of our neighborhoods, networks, and lives and encouraging older adults and their communities to connect with friends and family, create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health and personal enrichment, and contributing time, talent, and life experience to benefit others”  The Proclamation continues, “the residents of East Windsor are most grateful for the guidance and wise contributions of our Senior Citizens and wish to express our gratitude and appreciation.”

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East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov presents the 2019 “Sylvia Weiss Senior Citizen Award for Outstanding Service as a Volunteer” to Kathleen Griffin. 

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East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov, joined by Council Members, presents the 2019 “Sylvia Weiss Senior Citizen Award for Outstanding Service as a Volunteer” to Kathleen Griffin.  Pictured (from left to right) are:   Mayor Janice Mironov;  honoree Kathleen Griffin;  Council Member John Zoller;  Council Member Denise Daniels, and Council Member Perry Shapiro.

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