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Colene Hance Receives the 3rd Annual Humana Starlight Award, Honoring Senior Citizen Volunteers in Nebraska

Hance’s Volunteerism Means $10,000 Grant for Lincoln Area Agency on Aging – LIFE Office


Wednesday, December 17, 2008 4:40 pm EST



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OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Colene Hance has been selected as the recipient of the Humana Starlight Award, honoring the efforts of senior citizens who volunteer in the Omaha and Lincoln areas. In recognition of her service, Humana awarded a $10,000 grant to the Lincoln Area Agency on Aging.

Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey presented the award on behalf of Humana. Fahey acknowledged the 20 Nebraska volunteers who were nominated for the award as “compassionate, caring individuals who provide a helping hand to those in need and look for opportunities to brighten the lives of others.”

Colene Hance has served as an ombudsman advocate at the Lincoln Area Agency on Aging for the past six years. While volunteering at the Lincoln Area Agency on Aging, she also serves as a volunteer at Cedars for Children in Lincoln and the Oscher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Hance is also a board member of CIMRO, a quality improvement organization serving public and private healthcare sectors. Following her agency’s mission to “enhance daily living, expand personal choices, and educate the community,” Hance spent more than 170 volunteer hours during the past year working directly with seniors. By building strong relationships with the seniors she assists, she is able to help them live healthier, happier lifestyles. She also understands that when individuals need to live in long-term care facilities, they still need to feel that they’re part of a community.

“It can be difficult for seniors to feel like they are contributing,” said Hance, “but I explain how important everyday care is for themselves, teach them how to be their own advocate and help them remember that they can still be active members of society.”

The Starlight Award is sponsored by Humana, but it is a panel of local judges – comprised of community leaders, local executives and healthcare providers – that evaluates the applications and chooses the award recipient. Twenty nonprofit organizations from the Lincoln and Omaha areas nominated their senior citizen volunteers for the 2008 Humana Starlight Award. Nominees are evaluated on the dedication and leadership they have demonstrated, as well as the impact their volunteer efforts have had on others in the community.

“At Humana, we appreciate volunteers who reinforce healthy lifestyles,” said Darrell Russell, director of Humana MarketPOINT in Nebraska. “We would like to congratulate Colene for being such a strong liaison for patients, families and her organization. Thanks to her, we have more seniors who are actively engaged in their physical and mental wellbeing.”

Humana, one of Nebraska’s leading providers of Medicare Advantage health plans and prescription drug plans, created the Starlight Award to honor an exceptional senior citizen volunteer, as well as to provide financial support for a nonprofit organization whose good work benefits the community. The Humana Starlight Award was presented at a special recognition ceremony November 6th by Mayor Mike Fahey.

The Humana Starlight Award began three years ago in Nebraska, and has expanded to Des Moines, Grand Rapids and Salt Lake City. Last year’s winner from Omaha, Harold “Bill” Hamilton compiled more than 700 service hours annually for more than a decade working for Volunteers Assisting Seniors. His efforts to help seniors understand government entitlements resulted in a $10,000 one-time Humana grant to Volunteers Assisting Seniors (VAS).

Anyone who is 65 years of age or older and has served as a volunteer for a nonprofit organization in Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders, or Washington counties in the Omaha area, or Gage and Lancaster counties in the Lincoln area, is eligible for the Humana Starlight Award. To nominate a senior citizen volunteer, nonprofit organizations must be classified as a 501(c)(3) and serve the community in one of three areas:

  • Mind: Organizations or institutions that seek to improve the educational landscape, resulting in higher levels of achievement
  • Body: Organizations or human service agencies engaged in the promotion of healthy bodies and lifestyles
  • Spirit: Civic & cultural development organizations that seek to inspire communities and enliven the human spirit

For more information about the Humana Starlight Award, visit www.humana.com/starlight or contact Humana’s Nebraska offices at 11420 Blondo Street, Suite 102; Omaha, NE 68164, 402-496-3388, toll-free at 1-800-941-1182.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with approximately 11.7 million medical members, including more than 75,000 in Nebraska. Humana offers a diversified portfolio of health insurance products and related services – through traditional and consumer-choice plans – to employer groups, government-sponsored plans, and individuals.

Over its 46-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.

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