Dee Watren of Delaware County will be inducted to the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame at 1 p.m. today at the Martin Janis Center in Columbus.
Watren was nominated by SourcePoint in Delaware (formerly the Council for Older Adults).
For more than 40 years, central Ohio seniors who show an energy and passion for helping others have been honored for their work at the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, according to organizers. At the 41st annual ceremony this year, that tradition continues when 14 new members will be inducted for their efforts in bettering their community and enriching the lives of others. This group of seniors will be recognized by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging for helping communities stay healthy, inclusive, safe and compassionate.
Since 2003, Watren has averaged more than 550 volunteer hours yearly for SourcePoint and logged more than 6,700 hours. She holds several volunteer positions at the agency.
Twice a week, Watren delivers meals door to door on two different Meals On Wheels routes, averaging more than 2,000 miles each year. Some of the clients on her routes are among the most underprivileged in the county.
She also has helped in the SourcePoint office, putting together Meals On Wheels route books and training folders, making phone calls for special events, and assisting with SourcePoint’s annual pig roast fundraiser. She has also helped with the delivery of the monthly Commodities Supplemental Food Program boxes and distributed the annual farmers market vouchers to lower-income seniors.
For going above and beyond in her volunteer service, Watren has received 20 “Star Awards” from SourcePoint staff. She received SourcePoint’s 2015 “Above and Beyond” award; the 2011 “Silver Press Award of Service”; the 2010 “There’s No ‘i’ in Teamwork” award; and the 2009 “Make a Difference Every Day” award. She also received the Lifetime Presidential Service Award for volunteering.
Three days a week, she also runs a small congregate dining center in a small village.
When asked how long she wants to volunteer with SourcePoint, she said, “I will come until my car breaks down or I break down.”
Information for this story was provided by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging.