Marjorie Hopkins inducted into the Senior Hall of Fame
(Posted on October 7, 2021)
The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) inducted 11 winners into the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on October 6 at a ceremony in Columbus. Marjorie Hopkins, representing Madison County, is among the recipients.
The Hall of Fame honors central Ohio seniors who share their dedication, talent and vitality in ways that significantly improve their communities and the lives of others. Traditionally, COAAA holds its Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in May during Older Americans Month, but the 2020 event has been postponed to this October due to the pandemic.
Hopkins is a dedicated volunteer with LifeCare Alliance’s take-out meal program, which delivers hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors unable to prepare food for themselves due to health concerns. Hopkins not only provides much-needed food on her visits, but her stops also address the pressing issue of isolation of the elderly. It’s quite often that Hopkins is the only person the individual can interact with on any given day. His visits also serve as well-being checks. She monitors the individual’s well-being and will report any concerns regarding the health and safety of the senior to a LifeCare Alliance social worker.
After more than 10 years as a volunteer with Meals-On-Wheels, Hopkins continues his commitment to the program, providing nutritious meals while being a vital source of socialization. She received a LifeCare Alliance Special Achievement Award in 2017 in recognition of her willingness to help when called upon to do more and more of her meal itinerary. Her service, along with that of all LifeCare Alliance volunteers, saves the organization vital funding and maintains the strength of the Meals on Wheels program.
Another cause dear to Hopkins’ heart is raising kittens. She began fostering kittens through the Humane Society of Madison County, an important job that benefits the animals and the caregiver and provides a permanent home for the kittens while also controlling the stray population. Hopkins raised numerous litters, with or without their mothers, until the age of adoption. Although she no longer welcomes kittens, she continues to help the Humane Society by sewing cat and dog pads, surgical sheets, gift bags and whatever else is needed. Her work within the organization was recognized in 2007 when she received the Bonzi Award, an honor bestowed on individuals, businesses and groups who make a difference in the life of an animal or the life of the animals served. by the Humane Society of Madison County.
Hopkins is also devoted to her religious community at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in London, a church she joined over 50 years ago. She is a deacon and an elder of the church. At PFC, Hopkins has helped with office-related jobs, chaired church attendance at the welcome table, and helped with outreach projects such as HELP House, a pantry that provides food, clothing and household items to those in need. Her additional church service includes sewing paint coats for the church children’s center, providing supplies, and helping with Job and Family Services’ Christmas wish list. She currently sits on mission and worship committees. In 2018, PFC recognized its 50 years of church membership.
Hopkins’ additional volunteer experience included being a snack server at Madison Health, a Cub leader, and a 4-H club leader.
Hopkins has lived in London since 1966. She retired after 19 years of teaching French at West Jefferson High School. She then taught English as a Second Language in various locations including at Libamba School in Cameroon for a year, two years with the Peace Corps in Morocco, and later in Madison County to help Japanese workers and their families. families.