Fallon woman recognized for volunteer work

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Updated: 7/25/2013 6:44 pm
FALLON, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) --  When most people retire, they want to relax, put their feet up, take a break, but not Ginny Dugan.

Ginny isn't your typical retiree, not by a long shot. She spends her days at the Churchill County Senior Center in Fallon, volunteering her time in a special way.

"It gives me a lot of joy to see that seniors are interested in what the newsletter has to say," she said. "Hopefully they find what I do gratifying."

Ginny visits with other seniors, learning their stories, and then shares them in a monthly newsletter.

She spends hours writing it on her own time, and even pays for the printing costs.

"That's one of the joys of doing the newsletter is I get to meet people and get to know a little bit about their lives," said Ginny.

She said for many seniors, it helps make them feel connected to something, and now her giving spirit is getting noticed.

"She's done so much, she works so hard behind the scenes that we were excited to bring her to the front and get recognition for all she does," said Churchill County Senior Center Executive Director Jamie Lee.

Lee nominated Ginny for a Home Instead Senior Care's Salute to Senior Service Award.

And last month, Ginny was selected as Nevada's 2013 Outstanding Senior for her volunteer work.

"It was a real honor to be nominated and I was shocked, I was just shocked," she said. "Because there's so many volunteers who contribute their time and their effort."

She said in the end it's not about being recognized or receiving an award.

Ginny said it's about making the seniors feel connected, which is the best award of all.

"I feel very blessed."

As part of her award, Home Instead Senior Care made a $500 donation in Ginny's name to the Churchill County Senior Center.

She's also in the running for national recognition.

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