Volunteers in Motion (VIA) acknowledged excellent volunteers on April 16 on the thirty second Annual Volunteers of the Yr Awards. The occasion on the Bob Kirby Department of the Warren County Public Library was sponsored by WNKY Information 40, American Legion Publish 23, and BGMU.
Anne Grubbs Spirit of Service Award: Linda Krutza
This award acknowledges people who excel in high quality, size, and spirit of service to others.
Krutza has a drive and dedication to enhance the standard of life for all in our group. She serves on the Neighborhood Schooling Board of Administrators, because the chair of its Advisory Council, on the 50th anniversary planning committee, Blockbusters on the Ballpark, Stand for Kids Day, and Teen Angel. Krutza additionally serves at Hope Home; the Institutional Evaluation Board at Western Kentucky College; VIA’s Government Committee; the steering committee of Imaginative and prescient: a multi-agency council of Warren County; Wealthy Pond Baptist Church and varied ministries.
Staff Spirit Award: First Christian Church Neighborhood Grocery
This award acknowledges teams who work collectively to offer service in the neighborhood.
First Christian Church operated a meals pantry for greater than 20 years in downtown Bowling Inexperienced. Nonetheless, in August 2021, the church determined to strive a two-week grocery retailer mannequin the place every visitor was allowed to “store” for free of charge for the objects they needed. Suggestions from the trial was so constructive that FCC moved to a everlasting grocery mannequin in October of that yr. They now supply every “neighbor” (their title for meals recipients) the chance to buy what they want and need in a extra typical grocery buying expertise. The volunteers on the Neighborhood Grocery stroll alongside their neighbors with dignity, compassion, and respect whereas supplementing their meals wants.
Rookie Award: Judi Clark
This award acknowledges a person or group who’s new to volunteering, beginning their service with a corporation over the past 24 months.
Scottsville First United Methodist Church member and RSVP volunteer, Judi Clark, operates the meals pantry and sizzling meal kitchen by the church’s outreach ministry packages. The Hand-Up Meals Pantry & Garments Closet provides shelf-stable objects to qualifying residents and clothes and home items for households. The pantry serves 20-25 households every week. The Open Hearts Café is open as soon as every week for residents to take pleasure in a free, sizzling, home-cooked, nutritious meal. As a retiree, Clark retailers for meals, types donations, plans meals for the café menu, and operates the services whereas supervising volunteers and helping shoppers with paperwork. From writing grants and securing funding and assets, to working Christmas toy drives, Clark makes an affect on these in want.
Spirit of Neighborhood Award: Starbucks
This award acknowledges a corporation or enterprise that deserves particular recognition for volunteer service in the neighborhood.
Starbucks as a company provides again globally in vital methods, however the native retailer on Scottsville Highway makes an amazing affect on the Bowling Inexperienced-Warren County group in 1,000,000 methods. Espresso leaps to thoughts because the logical donation that Starbucks supplies to nonprofit occasions. Nonetheless, Starbucks not solely donates its items, however the Scottsville Highway retailer additionally supplies volunteers and area for fundraising occasions. For 11 years they’ve hosted the Teen Angel Donation Blast on the primary Friday in December to boost cash for youngsters who want Christmas help. In addition they constructed and keep a mini meals pantry behind their retailer. The workers at this Starbucks quietly supplies homeless folks with a spot to sit down out of the weather, a heat beverage, and one thing to eat. They supply compassion whereas sustaining dignity.
Different volunteers acknowledged included Jerry Bray, Sandy Riley, Ashlea Shepherd, David Smith, Stephanie Weckerly, American Financial institution & Belief, Patricia Brown & Dorothy Taylor, Management Bowling Inexperienced Class 2023, Boy Scouts of America – Troops 705 and 1920, Cindy Campbell, and Max Marley.
Particular due to Me & My Ladies Catering, Oak Tree Awards and Recognition, Rickman Pottery, Vid Monster Productions, and Warren County Public Library.
Volunteers in Motion consists of organizations that depend on volunteers and people who volunteer in the neighborhood. For extra data on VIA or the Volunteer of the Yr Awards, contact Joshua Smith at 270-842-4281 or [email protected].
-submitted by Joshua Smith