Here is our second of three blogs focusing on the volunteers in our counties. Thank you for sharing your stories. You inspire us each and every day!
Little Cousin Jasper Festival
“Pat’s dedication to making Rensselaer and Little Cousin Jasper Festival better is never-ending,” says Linda Shide, a fellow committee member and daughter.
“If she had more volunteers and time…sky would be the limit. Community involvement is very important to Pat. You can find her about anywhere around town trying to make a difference. Even getting questioned by the Police when updating the planters on Washington Street Bridge.”
Franciscan Health Rensselaer
“Jovita Courtney volunteers at Franciscan Health Rensselaer,” said fellow coordinator Judy Egan about Jovita Courtney. “She volunteers in the Gift Shop. Yet, wherever and whenever there are opportunities to help, Jovita is there. She helps steer our patients in the right direction. She helps cheer our patients (up) when they express concerns and supports them when they have experienced challenges. She is a delight in the Gift Shop. She arranges and re-arranges to keep the shop looking fresh, welcomes each shopper, and assists in selecting the right item. She even purchases items for others to let them know she is thinking about them. Recently she purchased items to donate for a fundraiser, as an example.”
“She encourages others to volunteer, too. She keeps her one-day-a-week commitment and does it with a smile.”
“Jovita is one of the sweetest, kindest, most giving persons I am privileged to know. If you know her, you would agree. She is always doing something for someone that brightens their day. I believe she volunteers in other places in the Rensselaer area, such as Autumn Trace, so she is always giving!”
Harvest Food Pantry
“David has always been available to help get our product out and staged and ready for our distributions to the community,” says colleague Amy Wallace, speaking of the work at the Harvest Food Pantry. “Our Food Pantry has been so very busy this summer with distributions weekly, sometimes even twice a week. We always need kind people to step up and help our community and their hunger needs.”
“He is friendly and respectful of our clientele. And finally, he’s a great guy with a huge heart!”
Pam Ashcraft, his spouse, also had some very pleasant things to say.
“He does so much to help everyone. He is a very active volunteer in a number of different organizations.”
Roselawn Little League
“Eric and his wife Tiffany are tireless workers for the needs of our community and the Roselawn Little League,” says John Morgin, a local business owner. “I have never met anyone with his enthusiasm and effort for such a great cause. As a multiple local business owner as well as an owner of our Morgin Community Fund, we are always thrilled to help in any way that Eric needs assistance.”
“As the owner of Roselawn True Value & Rental, we are thrilled to be able to obtain grants from the True Value Foundation twice for Roselawn Little League to receive paint and all supplies for Eric to use for projects for the community.”
George Ade Historic Preservation Commission
“Mike has devoted countless hours to philanthropic projects throughout our community simply because he believes in creating a better world for us all to live in. His dedication to the community is unparalleled, and his energy and drive are inspiring to all who work with him.” – Kristin Wright, a fellow volunteer at the George Ade Historic Preservation Commission.
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