Date: October 10, 2019 | Category: News
Sharel Wienberg and Rona McNally
Sharel Wienberg, of Cole Camp, has received the 2019 Outstanding Older Adult Award for Benton County from Care Connection for Aging Services.
Care Connection chose Wienberg because she exemplifies this year’s theme for national Older Americans Month, “Connect, Create, Contribute.” The theme encourages older adults and their communities to connect with friends, family, and services that support participation; create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment; and contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.
Care Connection Special Projects Director Rona McNally presented the award to Sharel at the Cole Camp Senior Center.
Wienberg is an invaluable volunteer at the Cole Camp Senior Center. She helps serve meals, greets people at the reception desk, counts and deposits money, and serves on the Center Services Board. She also helps in the kitchen with home-delivered meals and volunteers to deliver them when needed.
“She does all kinds of stuff. She comes in whenever I need her,” said Janis Garren, Center Coordinator. “I think she enjoys it. She is very dedicated, and I don’t know what I would do without her right now.”
Wienberg said she donates her time to the senior center because it provides worthwhile place for older adults to spend time with each other instead of staying isolated at home.
“I think it’s a good idea for the people that are retired to be able to go someplace to eat and for fellowship,” Wienberg said. “Especially those who have lost their spouse, they need to get out and about and socialize with other people. It’s also good for them to go to have a balanced meal.”
Wienberg is very involved at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church as the chairwoman of the altar guild. She serves as vice president of church women’s organization. She spends her Monday mornings with the quilting group, which creates blankets to donate to the needy.
Wienberg said she was “very honored” to receive the Outstanding Older Adult award.
“It surprised me. I didn’t have any idea I would receive anything like that. They pulled one over on me,” she said. “I just do the work because it is something I enjoy doing.”
Wienberg retired about 10 years ago from her job as a bank cashier at Citizens Farmers Bank in Cole Camp. She enjoys puzzles, reading and watching sports. When her three grandchildren were younger, she and husband Robert particularly enjoyed watching their games.