AARP Connecticut to honor Bajek

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Betty Bajek

PROSPECT — AARP Connecticut will honor Betty Bajek of Prospect with its 2019 Andrus Award for Community Service.

The Andrus Award is an annual awards program developed to honor volunteers who are 50 years old or older whose service is a unique and valuable contribution to society. AARP Connecticut will present the award to Bajek on Monday during a ceremony at the Prospect firehouse, 26 New Haven Road, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Ms. Bajek has been an AARP volunteer since 2016. She contributes to the AARP Fraud Watch Network and Disrupt Aging programs as well as initiatives focusing on age-friendly living, caregiving, and supporting the work to keep individuals living in a setting of their choice as they age, a news release stated.

“Being an AARP volunteer has enriched my life in so many ways and opened the world of real possibilities to me,” Bajek said in the release. “It’s given me a renewed sense of purpose and the confidence to volunteer with other organizations. I’m giving back to my community and making a difference in people’s lives, and in return, my soul is filled with joy.”

Bajek is also a board director on the Greater Waterbury Transit District, chairman of the Prospect Democratic Town Committee, a member of the Friends of the Prospect Public Library, Inc., and participates in the Chesprocott Health District’s emergency public health drill.

In addition to the recognition, AARP Connecticut will donate $3,000 on behalf of Bajek to Kellys Kids’ Pets After School Program in Prospect.