Volunteer Appreciation Celebration a Hit!

May 1st, 2017       |

Almost  200 Catholic Charities volunteers gathered at The Pinery at the Hill on Saturday, April 29th to celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Week.  Each year, volunteers donate over 90,000 hours valued at over $2 million.

This year, five volunteers were recognized with the Spirit of Service Award:  Linda Posey, David Thomas, Tom & Mary Porter and Riche Kennedy. The Spirit of Service Award honors those who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment and a spirit of care for our clients.

Linda Posey began volunteering at Catholic Charities 20 years ago, to help young mothers and fathers. The gift of her hand-made clothes and service to Catholic Charities continues to brighten lives of young children and their mothers and fathers.  She participates in various events such as clothing, Christmas and school supply drives and makes layettes for the newborn babies.

David Thomas began volunteering for the Marian House in 2015 sorting donations for the client services program.  Today he is the Lead Donation’s Volunteer for all clothing and food that comes into the Marian House.  He also schedules the volunteers who work alongside of him as well as overseeing the Dress for Success component of the Life Skills program.

Tom & Mary Porter retired in 1992 and began volunteering at the Marian House.  Since 1992, Tom has helped with food prep and has been the “soup man” for the Monday group for many years.  Mary has been dedicated to the Family Dining Room, making sure the families have everything they need.  She also began the school supply program, the stuffed animal give-away, and the clothing distribution that morphed into the Children’s Clothing Closet.

Riche Kennedy works on Friday with the First Lutheran team and thoroughly loves what he does.  When he arrives, he gives hugs to the many volunteers and helps with food prep, then works on the pastry line.  Jan Larsen, his supervisor, reports, that Riche is dependable, conscientious, and has a sense of humor.  Just an a pleasure to be around.

This is the second year Catholic Charities is presenting the Matthew 25 award, whose purpose is to honor those who have given of themselves in extraordinary measure for the good of others through Catholic Charities volunteering.  This year, it was fitting to honor the First Presbyterian Church and its people who have served at the soup kitchen since before Catholic Charities became involved in the soup kitchen ministry.  First Pres not only volunteers every Tuesday, they also bring the food which they prepare and serve to our patrons.  Throughout our history, First Pres has provided critical support to the Marian House mission, whether financially in helping to build the new Marian House, or by the many hands and feet which make and serve meals to those who are hungry in our community.

We could not carry out the many programs and services of Catholic Charities without each and every one of our volunteers.  Thank you for choosing Catholic Charities and helping us serve those in our community who need a little help.