On Wednesday afternoon, the Hilton DFW Lakes Ballroom was filled with excitement as GRACE volunteers gathered for a luncheon in appreciation of their hard work and dedication during 2013. However, no amount of cake, verbal thanks, or awards can ever fully express the gratitude that GRACE has for each of its volunteers.
In 2013, 1,849 volunteers lent helping hands to the various GRACE sites. Whether it was sorting items at Donation Station, assisting clinical staff at the Community Clinic, or helping out with admin work at GRACE Main, GRACE could not have helped as many people as it did last year without them. Volunteers at GRACE serve in all capacities – from the members of the Board of Directors taking on GRACE’s most critical challenges to corporate groups completing building projects from the GRACE Project Wish List. At every site, volunteers are integral to the day-to-day operations of GRACE.
A total of 49,962.32 hours were worked by the GRACE volunteer base in 2013. To put that number in perspective, that’s 1,957 days; 278 weeks; the equivalent of just over five years!
The 2013-2014 Outstanding Volunteers are as follows:
Volunteer of the Year: Sharon Cherry
Outstanding Food Pantry Volunteer: Cathy Jackson
Outstanding Community Gardens Volunteer: Caryn Hutchinson, Becca Clarke, & Alison Shumaker
Outstanding Clothing Room Volunteer: Andrea Longo De Moraes
Outstanding Emergency Assistance Volunteer: Idell Bowker
Outstanding Donation Station Volunteer: Ann Lee
Outstanding Compass Center Volunteer: Chasen Watson
Outstanding GRACEful Buys Volunteer: Kim Le
Outstanding Style & GRACE Volunteer: Becky Fisher
Outstanding Community Clinic Volunteer: Eduardo Herrera
Outstanding Community Clinic Medical Provider: Dr. Robert Wai
Outstanding Friends & Family Volunteer: Cindy Wheeler
Outstanding Board Member Volunteer: Lynn Niewald
Outstanding Transitional Housing Volunteer: Tracy Crump
Outstanding Development Volunteer: Laura Grosskopf
Outstanding Special Events Volunteers: Mike & Sherri Mills
Outstanding Youth Volunteer: Abby Tisdale
Outstanding Seasonal Programs Volunteer: Ed Folliard
Outstanding Volunteer Group: ARI
Congratulations to all of the award recipients!