Volunteers Honored

The top volunteer honor of the year, the Jimmy L. Davis Spirit of Community Award, was given to Joseph Geletka at the 2016 Volunteer Appreciation event on May 26, 2016. The top group award, the Harvesters Award, was given to TARGET: District 463 Cleveland West. Gina Sullivan and Paul Kosakowski from Target were on hand to accept the award.

Our Volunteers have posted great numbers this past year. Total Volunteer Hours increased nearly 25%, the Total Number of Volunteers increased by 45% and the Production by the volunteers increased by 28% over last year, allowing for more food to move through our system quicker. The bottom line is that with the diligent work of our volunteers, more food got into the hands of those who struggle with hunger.

Fifteen people were honored with the distinction of being named to the Eric & Evan Nord Circle. These are individuals who have completed 100 or more hours of volunteer work for Second Harvest in the course of the year. They have demonstrated the highest form of generosity with their time on behalf of a greater good, exemplifying the beliefs of Eric and Evan Nord. To view the list of honorees, click here.

The Jeptha Carrell Society was created to honor those individuals who have completed between 40 and 99 hours of volunteer work for Second Harvest in the course of the year. Jeptha Carrell had many accomplishments but was especially proud of the creation of the County Cupboard, which is now Second Harvest. He had a special talent as an unassuming administrator-leader and he remained active as a volunteer and supporter of many nonprofits throughout his retirement. There are 32 people to receive this honor for this year. Click here to see the list of honorees.

Beth Maiden, Second Harvest Board member and Executive Director of the Erie County Community Foundation and our own Executive Director, Julie Chase-Morefield, emceed the program and handed our recognitions and awards. Our special guest for the evening was Ron Jantz, Media Professional and Volunteer, who shared his special thoughts on the importance and impact of volunteering. Libby Davis Williams was on hand to present the Jimmy L. Davis Spirit of Community Award to Joe Geletka. Check out the photo Gallery from the event here.

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