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74-year-old volunteer honored as South Dakota's Salute to Senior Service winner

A 74-year-old Mitchell woman has been honored as the South Dakota winner of the Home Instead Senior Care network's Salute to Senior Service award.

Clara Determan is being recognized for her dedicated community service, including her work at the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Determan helps other seniors get to their medical appointments, runs errands and makes sure they have food to eat, all while lending an ear. She also helps with the Senior Meals Program and is always trying to recruit new participants.

As one of 50 state winners, Determan earned $500 for her charity of choice -- donated by Home Instead Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network and contest sponsor. Determan also will have a spot on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame on where her nomination story has been posted.

"Clara represents so well the dedication and commitment that make senior volunteers such a value to their communities," said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, Inc. "She has proven once again that age is meaningless when it comes to making a difference. So many charities, nonprofit organizations and faith communities could not do the work they are doing without selfless volunteers such as Clara."