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State leader honors volunteer from Bethany

Contributed photo Carol Kvidt (left), administrator at Bethany Community, presented Jola Amundsen with the District Volunteer of the Year Award recently.

Jola Amundsen, a volunteer at Bethany Community in Alexandria, has been honored with a District Volunteer of the Year Award from the state's largest association of older adult services professionals.

Amundsen, a retired RN who has served at Bethany Community as a volunteer in a myriad of roles, was recognized at the Aging Services of Minnesota Institute held earlier this month in Minneapolis.

Bethany Community Administrator Carol Kvidt said Amundsen has taken her nursing instructing background at the Alexandria Technical College and incorporated it into her volunteer role. She teaches part of the curriculum with each group of mentors that are trained.

After Amundsen's father-in-law died, she saw the need at Bethany for stroke support and education. She formed a steering committee with the staff to begin planning a community stroke support group and led the way to find grant money to fund the program.

For more than 40 years, Aging Services of Minnesota has earned its reputation as a leader in older adult services. The members of Aging Services represent the complete continuum of care, including care centers, assisted living and senior housing with supportive services, independent senior housing and community-based services.

For more information on Aging Services of Minnesota, visit