MOUNT MORRIS, N.Y., Nov. 21, 2023 — The New York State Office for the Aging recently named Livingston County resident Joan Mitchell as a 2023 Older New Yorker’s Day awardee.
The honor recognizes older adults for significant contributions to their communities through volunteerism. Mitchell’s volunteer efforts include her work as a church deacon, positions with the Caledonia Seniors Club and Focus on the Children organization, as well as her active membership on the County’s Suicide Prevention Task Force. She also volunteers on the Office for the Aging Advisory Council where her contributions are valued by all, said Office for the Aging Director Sue Carlock.
“We felt Joan was a perfect choice for this award and very deserving of the recognition,” said Carlock. “Joan always wants to use her abilities to make team efforts effective. She selflessly gives of her talents to make the groups and causes she believes in more impactful.”
Mitchell retired from a career at Strong Memorial Hospital after nearly five decades, starting as a cashier and progressing to an account manager overseeing a substantial workforce. In her personal life, Mitchell enjoys time spent with her children and grandchildren, reading, researching genealogy, and listening to music.
Each year in New York, nearly one million volunteers age 60 and over contribute more than 490 million hours of community service at an economic value of $13.8 billion. New York's 4.84 million older adults are responsible for most volunteering, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and donation activities in the U.S. out of any demographic group, according to the NYS Office for the Aging.
For Mitchell’s full biography and a complete list of volunteer awardees, visit the Older New Yorkers Day Award Book here.
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Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is home to more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.