Family Caregiver of the Year award winner Bill Bieg III (left) and his father Bill Bieg Jr. on a road trip last year.
Family Caregiver of the Year award winner Bill Bieg III (left) and his father Bill Bieg Jr. on a road trip last year.
Winnemucca residents Skip Becker and William Bieg III were nominated for the Volunteer Caregiver of the Year 2019 through the Nevada Caregivers Coalition. Bieg was selected for the family caregiver of the year and Becker was nominated for the veteran caregiver category. 

Both men have been caregivers and advocates in Winnemucca, according to those who nominated them, caring for elderly family members, friends and others in need. 

Bieg was nominated for being the primary caregiver for his father and providing an excellent quality of life prior to his passing last year. Bieg also took care of his mother for four years prior to her passing.

The nomination for Bieg highlights the numerous activities his father participated in under his care. These activities included an in-home bible study once per week with a meal, social outings, road trips to see family with an RV that could accommodate a modified wheelchair and numerous other social activities. 

The memories and activities made may not have been possible if Bieg had placed his father in a care facility rather than taking on the role himself. Bieg took a six-week class for caregivers to learn tips and resources available to someone in his position. 

Bieg received a $200 check and handmade wreath for being chosen as family caregiver of the year from all nominations submitted. 

Becker is a Navy veteran, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 12116 in Winnemucca and a volunteer who is actively involved in several service organizations and groups including the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Pleasant Senior Center, Age and Dementia Friendly Winnemucca the food bank and being an advocate for veterans and suicide prevention. 

“Skip is one of the most fantastic volunteers with whom I have worked,” said the nomination form. “He is an integral part of our Age- and Dementia-Friendly Winnemucca and Humboldt County project. He is willing to lend a hand and offers us tremendous insight on veterans and their unique needs. He is a volunteer for our veterans and is able to get them the services and assistance that they deserve. Skip also volunteers at our local RSVP. He helps in the office, drives veterans and others to appointments and meetings always getting them their right on time.” 

Skip attends community meetings to announce veterans activities and resources and he says he loves what he does.

“I have an affinity for my homeless veterans,” said Becker. “Many are antagonistic about receiving assistance because of their medical conditions. Many are scared to ask for help – they are embarrassed. It is important to realize that everyone needs help at one time or another. It is especially difficult for veterans who have been told to buck-up and just do it. I know there are volunteers here – we just need to get them motivated to sign up and help.”

The Nevada Caregivers Coalition provides caregivers with information, resources and support. The annual caregivers luncheon is held annually in November for caregiving month to celebrate caregivers and nominees for the caregiver of the year award.