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Board of Directors of VFS

Board of Directors: Dr Srinivas Sonti, Ramakrishna Penumarthy, Pratima Penumarthy, Badarinadh Vissapragada and Dr. Rohit Chandra

On November 4th, 2023, the Volunteers for Seniors (VFS) organized a remarkable event, the VFS Award Ceremony, to pay tribute to the remarkable dedication of volunteers serving the senior community.

In a world where kindness and support make an immeasurable difference, the genesis of Volunteering for Seniors (VFS) stands as a testament to the unwavering dedication of Mrs. Pratima Penumurthy. Established as a non-profit organization, VFS has blossomed into a beacon of compassion and essential support for the elderly.

The Volunteers for Seniors Award Ceremony, an evening dedicated to acknowledging the selfless commitment of volunteers serving the senior community, became a reality through the collaborative efforts of VFS and its sponsors. Hosted by VFS, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing companionship, assistance, and care to the elderly. The ceremony was a heartfelt tribute to the significant impact made by the volunteers in the lives of seniors. It was a night that reverberated with appreciation, gratitude, and celebration, showcasing the remarkable work of volunteers and the essential support they offer to our elders.

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Celebrating Service and Artistry: VFS's Volunteering Appreciation Award Ceremony

Embracing the Heart of Service: Highlights from the VFS Award Ceremony


This ceremony was an amalgamation of gratitude, artistic expression, and community appreciation. The gala showcased not only the valuable work of the volunteers but also their cultural diversity, bringing together a tapestry of entertainment, Bollywood and recognition under one roof. The colorful performances, ranging from classical to contemporary Bollywood hits, infused the atmosphere with exuberance, joy, and a sense of unity.

Through a series of heartfelt speeches, commendations, and testimonials, the VFS Award Ceremony became a celebration of the spirit of giving, service, and compassion. The event served as a reminder of the immense value brought by the volunteers to the lives of seniors and the community at large.

One of the seniors remarked, "I am immensely grateful for the exceptional work done by VFS and the volunteers, particularly Pratima and Akhila. They have truly transformed the lives of our seniors and have been a ray of hope and joy for them."

Another testimonial expressed, " I'm deeply grateful for all they've done and my faith in humankind has been renewed after having the pleasure of meeting such terrific human beings! I'd thought people with heart had become extinct in our society but No!  Volunteering For Seniors, Inc. has Old World Values & Ethics!  I hope I'll see these folks again sometime. Thank you So Very Much for all the help!!!."

Reflecting on the event, the founder of VFS, Pratima Penumurthy expressed, "The speech by one of our seniors, Santha Narayanmurthy, touched my heart profoundly. Her powerful words, encouraging all seniors to embrace happiness and fearlessness, were incredibly inspiring. It is a poignant reminder of the wisdom that accompanies age and the significance of approaching life with joy and bravery. Her heartfelt message will remain etched in my memory, serving as a constant source of inspiration."

Echoes of Empathy: Keynote Speakers at the Volunteering for Seniors' Award Ceremony


The spirit of generosity and community service resonated at the heart of the recent Volunteering for Seniors' Award Ceremony, where individuals committed to making a difference in the lives of older adults were acknowledged and honored. This event, a testament to the power of selflessness, brought together a gathering of dedicated individuals, with two prominent figures, Susan Nicholl and Connor Degan, gracing the stage as keynote speakers.

Susan Nicholl stands as a beacon of inspiration in the sphere of senior care and advocacy. Her tireless efforts and remarkable achievements in fostering meaningful connections between the esteemed Senate President, Senator Spilka, and the diverse communities within our Senatorial District have been truly commendable. Her work transcends mere service; it's a testament to the power of building bridges between residents, nonprofits, businesses, and municipal officials in the vibrant communities of Ashland, Framingham, Hopkinton, Holliston, Medway, and Natick.

Nicholl's dedication to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for seniors echoes her profound understanding of the significance of community connections. Her commitment to enriching the lives of the elderly through various initiatives and partnerships is a testament to her unwavering passion for public service and community welfare.

Connor Degan, a dedicated public servant, and a proud resident of Hopkinton, embodies the true essence of community service and support for seniors. His tenure as the elected town clerk since 2016 has been marked by his unwavering commitment to the community and his fervent desire to assist others.

Degan's deep-rooted knowledge of the community, coupled with his passionate drive to aid those in need, has played a pivotal role in advancing the well-being of seniors. His strong commitment to community service has been a guiding light in fostering an environment where the elderly feel supported and valued.

Embracing Selflessness: Honoring Service at the Volunteering for Seniors' Award Ceremony

In a heartwarming celebration of compassion and selflessness, the Volunteering for Seniors' Award Ceremony shone a spotlight on those whose dedication has significantly impacted the lives of our elderly community. The event not only honored the tireless efforts of these remarkable individuals but also provided a platform to acknowledge their exceptional service. Among the exceptional volunteers recognized at the ceremony, a myriad of names stood out, symbolizing the epitome of commitment and empathy towards the elderly.

  • Caring Citizen Award: Manju Sheth

  • Youth Volunteer of the Year: Neil Dutta

  • Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award: Akhila Penumarthy

  • Helping Hands Award: Java & Hetal Joshi and Razia Mashkoor

  • Community Spirit Award: Meena Bharat and Manisha Jain

  • Dedication and Service Award: Rahul Rajendran

  • Outstanding Service Recognition Awards: Several individuals were honored with the 'Outstanding Service Recognition Awards' for their exemplary dedication and commitment to senior care. Janaki Mohan, Manisha Parmar, Geena Virmani, Sonali Doshi, Geeta Jakkaraju, and Anjana Chennagiri were acknowledged for their outstanding service and selfless contributions.

  • Volunteer of the Year: Swapna Kari from (PA) and Ekta Jain

  • Power Team Awards: Rashi Joseph and Arpita Shah

The Volunteering for Seniors' Award Ceremony not only recognized exceptional individuals but also highlighted the profound impact that dedicated volunteers can have on the lives of the elderly. Their unwavering commitment and selfless service continue to inspire and uplift communities, creating a better, more compassionate world for our seniors.

Charting a Path of Compassion: Insights from Founder Pratima Penumurthy of 'Volunteering for Seniors

"Together, we founded 'Volunteering for Seniors,' an organization dedicated to helping seniors lead active, fulfilling lives," shared founder Pratima Penumurthy. Her impassioned speech illuminated the organization's core mission, emphasizing the creation of a bridge between seniors and a vibrant, engaging world. The goal was clear: to ensure that the lives of seniors remained enriched and active, fostering a sense of belonging and happiness within their community.

The founder's vision for VFS was resolute—a world where seniors could actively participate in a diverse range of activities, from engaging events, informative workshops, and lively dances to capturing cherished moments through photo shoots and focusing on holistic well-being through health fairs. Pratima Penumurthy's speech encapsulated the essence of VFS's commitment to enhancing the lives of the elderly, creating opportunities for them to embrace an enriched and fulfilling lifestyle.

The event ended with a renewed sense of appreciation for the unwavering dedication of VFS and its volunteers, leaving a lasting impression of gratitude and admiration for their exceptional service.

Empowering Seniors: Commending Volunteering for Seniors and Ascend Jiva's Appreciation

VFS has become a source of inspiration within the community, setting an example of how small acts of kindness and service can create a substantial and meaningful impact. Mrs. Pratima Penumurthy’s leadership has been instrumental in shaping an organization that is not just a service provider but a family that nurtures and supports our senior members.

In conclusion, the establishment of Volunteering for Seniors (VFS) under the guidance of Mrs. Pratima Penumurthy serves as a remarkable testament to the power of compassion and service. This non-profit organization has become a cornerstone of support and care for the senior community, enriching lives and fostering a sense of belonging and happiness among our elderly. 

Ascend Jiva extends its congratulations to Mrs. Pratima Penumurthy and Mr. Rama Penumurthy, the pillars of this non-profit organization. Their dedication has transformed this organization into a vital support system for the senior community, enhancing well-being and nurturing a feeling of unity and joy among the elderly.

VFS is dedicated to improving the lives of seniors in our community, helping them stay energetic, reduce loneliness and isolation, and to be active participants in our lives. Your contribution today will make a difference for all our seniors!

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