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Elder abuse expert wins national service award

The legal research expert for the State Bar’s extensive public education program has been cited nationally for her volunteer service to prevent elder abuse.

Helen Karr of Pacifica

Helen Karr of Pacifica, who has assisted the bar for the past three years in producing its three major public education guides, received the 2005 Spirit of Service award in Washington, D.C., last month from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Karr was recognized for her accomplishments as an RSVP (Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program) volunteer with the Seniors Against Investment Fraud program in San Mateo County.

“Helen Karr has gone above and beyond the call to serve her community and nation,” said corporation head David Eisner. The corporation is the federal agency that administers the RSVP program.

The Spirit of Service Awards pay tribute to the most outstanding participants in each of the corporation’s national service programs — Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, Eisner noted. “Not only does Helen give her own time and talents,” he said, “but she inspires others in the community to volunteer and give of themselves.”

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