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Shawnee Alliance recognized by the state for helping seniors navigate the pandemic

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Illinois Department on Aging Director Paula Basta, far right, and members of the Shawnee Alliance and The Egyptian Area Agency on Aging at the recent award ceremony on December 2, 2021.

The Shawnee Alliance, which helps seniors in an 18-county area in southern Illinois, was recently awarded the Governor's "Engaging Aging" Award for their work on behalf of seniors.

Carol Aronson with the Alliance says she was surprised, but happy for her group.

"It absolutely was quite a surprise and a great honor....an honor to know that I can have the recognition for all the staff and all of the people who helped make this work, for older adults who are frail and homebound."

Illinois Department on Aging Director Paula Basta says the Shawnee Alliance does great work, especially during the recent tough times.

"Amazing, amazing, and as they talked about the whole food insecurity issue was huge, statewide. And I know that for a fact, that they have responded. And, just not even have responded but have gone above and beyond the response."

The Shawnee Alliance was also praised for their continued work in helping seniors get vaccinated against covid-19.

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