On Monday, April 7, 2014 the City of Southlake held a Volunteer Appreciation Reception to recognize volunteers during National Volunteer Week.
In the last year, Southlake volunteers contributed 22,000 hours of volunteer service equating to almost half a million dollars’ worth of service. The impact of their service was felt in our public library, at the senior activity center, in our police and fire departments, inside Town Hall, at various programs and special events across the community, and on City Boards and Commissions.
During the reception volunteers were recognized for their service achievements with Southlake and received Presidential Service Awards. The President’s Volunteer Service Award program recognizes citizens who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period.
“I am fortunate to be supported and appreciated for my work here. I’ve gained a sense of gratitude by serving the City of Southlake and it has taught me patience and the power of helping others,” said Ailene Tubbesing, a Silver Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipient.
Teen volunteers earning the Bronze Level were required to complete a minimum of 50 volunteer service hours and adults were required to complete 100 hours. Silver Level Service Award teen volunteers were required to complete a minimum of 75 volunteer service hours and adults were required to complete 250 hours.
Earning the Gold award required a minimum of 100 volunteer service hours for teens and 500 service hours for our Adult volunteers. For the first year, the City honored one teen recipient of the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Cassidy Chaplowe volunteered 112 hours over the past 10 months for our Camp Mania program.
The full list of award recipients in each award level is listed below.
Employee Volunteer Liaisons, a critical component of the City’s volunteer program were also recognized. Liaisons help lead and work alongside Southlake volunteers. The “Key Volunteer Liaison of the Year” recipient is Renni Burt. Renni serves as the Community Initiatives Officer for the Southlake Fire Department and leads one of the largest groups of volunteers.
Thank you to all of our volunteers for your service to Southlake. For more information about how to volunteer in Southlake, visit VolunteerSouthlake.com.