(Posted Oct. 7, 2021)
The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) is inducted 11 honorees into the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on Oct. 6 at a ceremony in Columbus. Marjorie Hopkins, representing Madison County, is among the honorees.
The Hall of Fame honors central Ohio older adults who share their dedication, talent, and vitality in ways that significantly improve their communities and the lives of others. Traditionally, COAAA hosts its Hall of Fame induction ceremony in May during Older Americans Month, but the 2020 event was postponed to this October due to the pandemic.
Hopkins is a devoted volunteer to LifeCare Alliance’s Meals-On-Wheels program, delivering hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors unable to prepare food for themselves due to health challenges. Hopkins not only provides much needed food during her visits, her stops also address the pressing issue of senior isolation. It’s quite often that Hopkins is the only person the individual may interact with on a given day. Her visits also serve as wellness checks. She monitors the person’s well-being and will report any concerns about the senior’s health and safety to a LifeCare Alliance social worker.
After more than 10 years as a volunteer with Meals-On-Wheels, Hopkins continues her commitment to the program, providing nutritious meals while being a vital source for socialization. She received a LifeCare Alliance Special Achievement award in 2017 recognizing her willingness to help when called upon to do more in addition to her meals route. Her service, as well as the service of all volunteers at LifeCare Alliance, saves the organization vital funding and keeps the Meals-On-Wheels program strong.
Another cause dear to Hopkins’s heart is raising kittens. She began fostering kittens through the Humane Society of Madison County, important work that is beneficial to the animals and the caregiver and provides a permanent home for the kittens while controlling the stray population. Hopkins raised many litters, with or without their mothers, until the age of adoption. While she no longer fosters kittens, she continues to help the Humane Society by sewing cat and dog pads, surgical drapes, gift bags, and anything else that is needed. Her work at the organization was recognized in 2007 when she received the Bonzi award, an honor given to individuals, businesses, and groups making a difference in the life of an animal or the lives of animals served by the Humane Society of Madison County.
Hopkins is also devoted to her faith community at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in London, a church she joined more than 50 years ago. She is a deacon and elder of the church. At FPC, Hopkins has helped with office-related jobs, chaired the church’s participation at the Welcome Table, and assisted with outreach projects such as H.E.L.P. House, a resource pantry that provides food, clothes, and household items to those in need. Her additional service to the church includes sewing painting smocks for the church’s child center, contributing supplies, and helping with Job and Family Services’ Christmas wish list. She currently serves on the mission and worship committees. In 2018, FPC recognized her 50 years of membership in the church.
Hopkins’s additional volunteer experience has included being a snack server at Madison Health, a Cub Scout 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 went on to teach English as a second language in various locations, including the Libamba School in Cameroon for one year, two years with the Peace Corps in Morocco, and later in Madison County helping Japanese workers and their families.