State & Union: Olean and Wellsville Community Volunteers Honored | News


Three outstanding community volunteers from Cattaraugus and Allegany counties were honored by the New York State Office for the Aging for their exceptional service to seniors and other members of the community.

Merrill and Muriel Frable of Olean and Kevin Harris of Wellsville were nominated by their regional county offices on aging to be recognized at NYSOFA’s annual Older New Yorkers Day celebration.

The Frables have provided home meals in their Olean community for 26 years, sharing a deep personal connection with the people they help.

Harris provides minor home repairs to seniors through the Allegany County Office’s Volunteer Handyman Program for Aging, performing a variety of jobs with varying difficulty over the past four years. He has also served as a Meals on Wheels substitute for the past nine years.

The virtual celebration kicked off Nov. 5 on social media, with a video presentation featuring around 90 award winners from across the state, as well as remarks from state officials.

“Every Tuesday, Muriel and Merrill Frable deliver meals to homebound seniors in Olean,” said Cathy Mackay, director of the Cattaraugus County / NY Connects Department of Aging. “They are affectionately known by the site manager Olean Senior Wellness and Nutrition as ‘M&M’. Merrill drives and Muriel delivers the meal to the door. Muriel sends personal birthday cards to each recipient on their birthday. Meal recipients also receive greeting cards from Muriel on every holiday, including Halloween.

“The Frables can’t wait to make someone’s day, and everyone says how much they can’t wait to see them. M&M are really making a difference in their community. They serve with a compassionate, kind and loving heart and have done so for decades. Thank you, Merrill and Muriel, for your dedication to the Elders in your community.

Anita Mattison, Allegany County Office Director for Aging, said, “Kevin has volunteered in our office for the past nine years in addition to serving his community through other volunteer opportunities. His dedication and expertise provided additional security to many of his older fellow citizens, allowing them the freedom to remain in their homes and in their communities. Kevin is truly an asset to the Allegany County Office for Aging. We couldn’t do the amazing work we do without volunteers like him who demonstrate unparalleled compassion and dedication every day.

“I want to thank all of our volunteers for giving back to their community and for helping make Allegany County a great place to live at all stages of life.”

Across New York State, more than 935,000 people aged 55 and over dedicate approximately 495 million hours of service to their communities each year. This translates into an annual economic output of $ 13.8 billion.

People over the age of 50 also make up the majority of volunteering, philanthropy, and giving in the United States. and schools while contributing significantly to the local and state economy.


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