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News Release
Sr Vol Month August
Sr Vol Month August
08-11-22 Commissioners Honor Bill Crenshaw as Volunteer of the Month (Photo) - 08/11/22

DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 11, 2022

 

Commissioners Honor Bill Crenshaw as Volunteer of the Month

 

            (Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County Commissioners, Tim Freeman, Chris Boice and Tom Kress were honored to present Bill Crenshaw with the Douglas County Senior Services Volunteer of the Month award for August 2022, at their weekly business meeting on Wednesday, August 10.

 

“One of the most fun things I have the privilege of doing as a County Commissioner is recognizing the special people who volunteer in our Senior Services programs. Bill Crenshaw is absolutely invaluable to Douglas County. He’s a real fixture here at the Douglas County Courthouse as a greeter and also as a volunteer at our senior dining sites. We are thankful for all the ways he serves seniors in our community.” – Commissioner Tom Kress, liaison Commissioner to Douglas County Senior Services.

 

            Jeanne Wright, Director of Douglas County Senior Services, nominated Bill as a Douglas County Senior Services Volunteer of the Month. She said, “Bill is ‘Mr. Sunshine.’  He has served our department in almost every capacity, from the chair in the reception area of our office to serving as chair of our Senior Services Advisory Council. He is a priceless component to our programs because he is such a great listener. He provides valuable and timely feedback on issues that concern older adults, which allows our team the opportunity to address them proactively.  Bill truly enjoys helping people.  He has dedicated his time in retirement to not only volunteering for Douglas County Senior Services, but also in lending a hand wherever it is needed.”

 

In addition to his role as a greeter at the Douglas County Courthouse, Bill faithfully attends and helps at our Bistro Sixty Glide Senior Dining Site several times a month.  He also assists in distributing information about the services provided by Douglas Senior Services Department in the Glide and eastern Douglas County communities. As a member of our Senior Services Advisory Council, Bill helps to promote the program by inviting older adults to attend meetings or encouraging them to join the Council as a way to ensure positive outcomes for those participating in the programs offered for seniors locally. 

 

Bill retired from Roseburg Forest Products (RFP) in 2003 after a remarkable 40-year career.  He started at the plant in Dixonville and worked his way up through the ranks to supervisor, eventually taking on the role of Safety Director at the Dillard Plywood Plant.  Soon after retiring from RFP, Bill answered a call for help from the Roseburg Senior Center (RSC).  He served on the Board of Directors for RSC for 19 years, 8 of them as the treasurer, before retiring recently to spend more time with his family. When he is not helping others with a ride to church or greeting folks with a friendly face when they walk in the doors of the Douglas County Courthouse, Bill enjoys playing pinochle with friends and has always loved to travel. 

 

Bill said, “I really enjoy visiting with people, but I’ve always been drawn to older folks. I never tire of hearing their individual stories. Each one of them is special. I’m glad I can be a friendly face and I want all to feel welcome.” 

 

            Our Bistro Sixty Senior Dining Sites prepare meals on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at our seven rural dining site locations in Glide, Glendale, Reedsport, Riddle, Sutherlin, Winston and Yoncalla. Senior Services staff know there are others in our communities who could benefit from their Meals on Wheels delivery program and/or meals at their Bistro Sixty Senior Dining Sites.  If residents know of friends or family who are unable to drive, need assistance with daily living activities, would benefit from hot meal delivery or need other assistance, they are encouraged to call the Aging & Disabilities Resource Connection in the Douglas County Senior Services Department at (541) 440-3677 or by sending an email to adrc@co.douglas.or.us

 

            Douglas County’s seven rural Senior Dining Sites and Meals on Wheels programs are managed by Douglas County Senior Services Department staff, but are successful because of the dedication of volunteers like Bill. To get involved with Douglas County Bistro Sixty Senior Dining Sites and Meals on Wheels programs or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Darla Hilburn at the Douglas County Senior Services Department via email at dahilbur@co.douglas.or.us or by calling (541) 440-3677.

 

            Thank you, Bill! You truly are “Mr. Sunshine!”

Attached Media Files: Sr Vol Month August
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