Center Marks Volunteer Month
Here in the Chattanooga area, United Way’s Volunteer Center (a Hands-On affiliate) helped host the 2012 Volunteer United Awards Banquet to honor those local volunteers who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in this community. This year’s theme, “Celebrating People in Action,” is about recognizing and thanking area people who get out and work to make our community a better place to live by seeking out imaginative ways to help and by putting themselves at the center of social change.
In our area during 2011, United Way’s Volunteer Center managed 11,172 volunteers; on average promoted more than 100 volunteer opportunities daily on its web site; coordinated 39 corporate days of caring; and helped 125 area nonprofits recruit volunteers for their activities.
The Volunteer United Awards Banquet was hosted by United Way’s Volunteer Center, DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies) and the Corporate Volunteer Council (an advisory committee to the United Way). Together with other area nonprofits, they organized two local events to focus attention on thanking volunteers who worked to advance the common good and make lasting social changes in this community. Area volunteers were celebrated for accomplishing extraordinary feats – such as community revitalization, conservation and education – through service.
At the banquet, one corporation, one nonprofit, and eight individuals were recognized for volunteering to solve problems in their communities. They were ACE Hardware for the Corporate Volunteer of the Year; Chris Hill for the EducationVolunteer of the Year; Walter Puckett, MD, for the Health Volunteer of the Year;Kaycee Ensign for the Youth Volunteer of the Year; Paul Betbeze for theCommunity Volunteer of the Year; David and Phyllis Reed for the Environmental Volunteers of the Year; Jeanne McDaniel for the National Service Volunteer of the Year; Nancy Carroll for the Judges’ Choice Volunteer of the Year; Kristina Shaneyfelt for the Disaster Services Volunteer of the Year (IndividualOpen House Volunteers for the Disaster ServicesVolunteers of the Year (Group).
The awards banquet was made possible thanks to the generosity of both our premier sponsors, TVA and Unum, and our supporting sponsors, Comcast and Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company.
United Way's Volunteer Center, DOVIA and the Corporate Volunteer Council also held a special baseball outing at the Lookouts as another way of thanking their hard-working volunteers. About 400 volunteers were in attendance at the Lookouts’ Volunteer Night.
With hundreds of volunteer projects available, area citizens can join the volunteer movement and get involved. If you are interested in becoming a community volunteer, call Ryan Fugate at the Volunteer Center at 423.752.0316. You can also volunteer by visiting us online at www.iHelpChattanooga.org and click on “Volunteer.”