Volunteers honored for work in Social Services

They’ve answered phones and mentored kids, tutored adults for the GED, prepared taxes and shuttled clients to appointments. Volunteers in the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services perform a variety of duties that help the agency serve those in need.

Eight individual volunteers and one group recently were honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Awards for their service during 2011: Anjanette Gilbert, Jessica Salvia, Dorothy Johnson and Alice Humphrey earned bronze awards in the adult category (26 and older) and Katelyn Bryant in the young adult category (15-25). Their service hours ranged from 114 to 208. Gold awards went to Jeysel Garcia, Jessica Diaz and Jenna Powers, who served 512, 372 and 321 volunteer hours, respectively. With 533 volunteer hours, MetroCASH earned silver in that group’s category.

“Given the many volunteer hours required to qualify for this award, the volunteers’ generous contributions of their time and talents are truly inspiring,” said Kathy Perun, volunteer services coordinator for Social Services.

The awards were established in 2003 by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to recognize individuals, families and groups that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteering during one year. Visit presidentialserviceawards.com to learn more about the program.

To learn about volunteer opportunities in the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services, contact Kathy Perun at 804-751-4398 or perunk@chesterfield.gov. For other volunteer opportunities with Chesterfield County, call 804-751-4142 or e-mail volunteer@chesterfield.gov.

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