Maria Campos Wins Community Service Award

Also honored: (l-r) Elsa Thompson, Josefina Piñeiro, Norma Franquiz, with award-winning Maria Campos, Francisca Arguelles, Elisa Prieto, Gerry Smith.

Ms. Maria Campos of Robert King High Towers is winner of “Dedicación Latina,” a UnitedHealthcare campaign recognizing contributions of Miami older adults to the community. Eight fellow-nominees were honored for extraordinary volunteer contributions at Doral Golf Resort & Spa October luncheon emceed by Univision national morning show host Ana Maria Canseco.

Ms. Campos, a native of Cuba and 43-year resident of Miami, serves as president of the Robert King High Towers Council at the public housing community, helping seniors with limited resources.

Other “Dedicación Latina” honored were Elsa Thompson for helping with hurricane victims and visiting the infirm; Francisca Argüelles, founder of a community “Literature Club;” Nabil Batarseh for keeping community members physically and socially active in an Elderly Affairs Committee; Norma Franquiz,  foster mother of many children who also serves as a volunteer for Angel Backpack, helping disabled children.

Also honored:  Josefina Piñeiro, school volunteer who helps disabled children; Elisa Prieto who visits and brings food to sick neighbors;  Gerry Smith, President, Hialeah Women’s Club, for keeping elderly mentally active in her bilingual jewelry-making class with proceeds benefiting autistic children; Hector Torres, President, Senior Hispanic Coalition and Calle Ocho Chamber of Commerce, for providing elderly care.

Nominees were selected by the Miami-Dade community residents with voting held during recent community events and a dedicated Facebook page. “Dedicación Latina” is an educational platform to sharing information about Medicare and providing Hispanic older adults with information on Medicare choices.

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