Monday, October 19, 2020

A Special Thank You to Our Volunteers

What better way to celebrate National Volunteer Week than by recognizing the City of Southlake’s world class volunteers?

At the April 17 City Council meeting, Volunteer Southlake presented service awards to over 30 volunteers in recognition of their service to the City.

The Junior and Adult Service Medals are awarded to the volunteer in their age group who served the most hours during the last 12 months. Emma Blight was the recipient of the 2018 Junior Service medal. Emma served 178 hours, giving her time to Camp Mania, the Senior Activity Center, and Teen Court. She also assisted city staff at the Stars and Stripes 4th of July holiday celebration and the Sweetheart Dance.

The Adult Service award was presented to Marie Doran. Marie also received this award in 2017. Marie is a valued volunteer at the Senior Activity Center where she volunteered 525 hours last year. You can find Marie working in the center’s library, giving tours to visitors and new members, teaching members to knit and greeting visitors at the front desk.

Volunteer Southlake also presented Milestone Service awards to volunteers who reach lifetime service milestones. This year, seven volunteers were recognized for their dedication to the City. Marie Doran, Karen Mertz, Reza Saffarian, Jim Shirey and Ken Stewart were presented with 1,000 hours milestone awards and Leroy McCall and Ken Stone received 1,500 hours milestone awards.

Finally, 38 volunteers received a bronze, silver or gold Presidential Service Award. The Presidential Service Award is presented to volunteers who have achieved a required number of service hours in a 12 month period.

In just this past Volunteer Fiscal Year, 1,542 people volunteered with the City. All of these volunteers contributed a total of 27,819 volunteer service hours. “At the City of Southlake, we are very grateful to have so many wonderful volunteers that help us in different departments, with community events and on numerous boards and commissions”, states Director of Human Resources Stacey Black, “Their total service hours is equivalent to almost 14 full-time employees and has a value of nearly $700,000.”

With a presentation of the service awards wrapping up the Volunteer Fiscal Year, we would like to thank our volunteers for their time and service to the City of Southlake. We at the City of Southlake owe much of our success to each one of them!

Want to volunteer with the City? Find out how by visiting the Volunteer Southlake page or contact Volunteer Coordinator, Lindy Calzada at (817) 748-8035 or