Virginia Leimkiller, of Rolla, was named Senior Companion of the Month for December during the monthly in-service meeting held Dec. 4 at the Rolla Presbyterian Manor in Rolla.
A luncheon was provided and door prizes were given out. In addition, each Senior Companion received a 2014 Art is Ageless calendar prepared by Rolla Presbyterian Manor.
As a Senior Companion, Leimkiller visits area residents in their homes each week to help them with some of their daily activities, errands, shopping and providing family caregivers with respite.
Leimkiller grew up in Willow Springs. She is a pastor’s wife and raises two children. She enjoys reading, church, crocheting and family, including her five grandchildren. She enjoys volunteering as a Senior Companion because she loves to help people.
As the Senior Companion of the Month, she received a floral arrangement donated by Blossom Basket Florist and the recognition of her fellow Senior Companions.
There are more than 70 senior citizen volunteers serving as Senior Companions all over Phelps County in private homes, residential care facilities and skilled nursing facilities.
Sponsored by the Phelps County Commission, the Corporation for National and Community Service, as well as several local groups and individuals, Senior Companions’ greatest work is to help their peers maintain the independence they have worked for all their lives.
If you know a Phelps County resident who might benefit from the services of a Senior Companion or someone age 55 or older who would like to become a Senior Companion, call 573-458-6180 for further information.