Mary Ann Gent (left) and Joyce Wisniowicz display their awards for outstanding community service. | Supplied photo
Updated: January 2, 2014 6:03AM
PLOWS Council on Aging recently held its annual Senior Recognition Awards Ceremony, recognizing outstanding senior citizen volunteers for their service to the community.
Supervisor Paul O’Grady and the board of trustees nominated Mary Ann Gent, of Tinley Park, and Joyce Wisniowicz, of Orland Park. Both women have impacted the community, according to a news release from the organization.
Gent has been a member of Orland Township for more than 12 years. Over the past year she has devoted time to the senior services department, recording 100 hours as a volunteer. Gent shared her creativity by crafting themed centerpieces and gift baskets for various senior events.
Gent is the mother of three sons and grandmother of five.
She loves family, fashion, dancing and music; while Gent is always willing to lend a helping hand and is a joy to have around the Orland Township office, according to the organization.
Wisniowicz first stopped by the Orland Township office to inquire about volunteering in the food pantry, but as she started helping coordinate senior luncheons and crafts she discovered senior services was a perfect fit. Wisniowicz has a creative eye, which comes in handy as she crafts various accessories, such as bows and table pieces, for Orland Township’s senior events, the release said. Her always-present smile and great sense of humor are enjoyed by all at Orland Township, the release said.
PLOWS Council on Aging began operation in September, 1975, according to its website. The agency was created to respond to the pressing needs in the four townships of Palos, Lemont, Orland and Worth for social services that could not be met by existing community services, according to the website.