Friday, July 1, 2022

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


We Love Our Volunteers!

Time is a precious gift that can never be returned once it is given, and the City of Southlake is extremely grateful to all the volunteers who give their time to serve and give back to the community. This past year volunteer efforts accumulated to over 28,000 hours of service which is equivalent to nearly 14 full-time employees with a cost value of $698,850!

On Tuesday, April 18th, Volunteer Southlake recognized over forty volunteers who met the criteria for a Presidential Service Award  as well as our Service Milestone and overall Junior and Adult Volunteer Service Award Medal. The evening began with a light reception in the Town Hall Lobby followed by a special recognition during the Council Meeting.

The evening itself was very special and allowed for volunteers and staff to spend time engaging with each other while also celebrating the service accomplishments of the past year. Many stories were shared, and some volunteers took the time to write what motivates them to volunteer in our memory book:

“I find it an honor to be able to be of service to the citizens of Southlake” – Leroy McCall

“I volunteered at the senior center because I loved to help the elders there. Volunteering helped me grow into a better person. I recommend everyone to volunteer two times a month!” – Nikhil Nandigama

“[Volunteering] really shows the best thing about this City: the people.” – Morgan H. Smith

Council Member Shafi summed up the night perfectly with his testament and recognition of every volunteer who has served the City in some capacity who were not in the room that night:

“[Volunteers] make our community a healthy, vibrant, loving place to live and raise a family. I want to recognize people who are not in the room. There is probably a larger fraction of volunteers all around the City in their own neighborhoods and their own churches, and other organizations who volunteer their time, so we thank those volunteers for making our community such a great place, thank you.”Council Member Shafi

With the conclusion of this “Volunteer Fiscal Year” we thank all the volunteers who contributed their time, and we look forward to another amazing year of service; a year full of memories to be made and new bonds to be formed between the City of Southlake and the incredible people who give their time freely to make Southlake the best place to live, work and play.

Want to volunteer with the City? Find out how by visiting the Volunteer Southlake page!

City Volunteers Recognized at Volunteer Appreciation Reception

Presidential Service Award recipients and members of Southlake City Council at the Volunteer Appreciation Reception

Presidential Service Award recipients and members of Southlake City Council at the Volunteer Appreciation Reception

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.

Key Volunteer Liaison of the Year winner, Renni Burt and Fire Chief Mike Starr

Key Volunteer Liaison of the Year winner, Renni Burt and Fire Chief Mike Starr

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

2014 Volunteer Awards(FIXED1)