Daily Point of Light # 2951 May 27, 2005

Daily Point of Light Award for
Older Americans Month – May 2005

Marilyn Root is one of the winners of a special judging of the Daily Point of Light Award being honored this May during Older Americans Month. Recognizing the contributions of older Americans, these awards celebrate 50+ volunteers who are making a difference by giving of their time, talent and experience to meet the critical needs of their communities.

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Marilyn Root is a thoughtful, caring volunteer and community advocate. She has strived through the years as a member of the Commission on Aging, the Link Ages board and other senior advocacy groups to improve the lives of seniors in all areas.

Her involvement as past president and her current involvement on the board continues to make positive change for the county’s seniors. She was instrumental in the founding and building of the Betty Queen Intergenerational Center, which provides adult daycare and special activities to keep seniors active. She also recruits volunteers and delivers meals to homebound seniors.

Believing there was a huge need for additional local rescue service, she was one of the first local residents to acquire the needed training to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for Lake Anna Rescue and she still works diligently for the squad as their Grounds Chairperson, and serving on the hospitality and fund raising committees. She often provides catering for community events. Last year she was also trained for Louisa County CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams).

She is active with the Mineral United Methodist Church, having served as the president of the UM Women and is a summer camp councilor at “All God’s Children” summer camp for children whose mothers are in prison. Her interest in children continues as she has been an advocate for individual children in the court system and delivers “Books for Babies” to encourage parents of newborns to read to their infants and instill a love for reading. Marilyn is also involved with the National Association for Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), serving as Chapter Alzheimers Chairperson and State Area 8 Representative.