To celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week, the Community Partnership recently honored four outstanding 2013 Volunteers of the Year. In a ceremony at the April board of directors meeting, board chairman Mike Thompson presented plaques to Dottye Wolf, Ben Jennings, Joan King and Donna Lewis.
Communications Director and Volunteer Coordinator Martha Edwards introduced the recipients to the board as the plaques were presented.
"Dottye Wolf has been volunteering with The Community Partnership for almost three years," said Edwards. "She loves volunteering, and is very involved with our Development Team, working throughout the year on planning the annual ASK Luncheon, which is our only official fundraising event. She makes sure everything runs smoothly on the day of the event. Dottye's energy and enthusiasm are contagious. She works hard for the Young Parents Program, as well, doing everything from shopping to preparing food for mentor training and other activities. One of the best things about Dottye's association with The Community Partnership is that she spreads the word about what we do, telling others about our programs and our goals. Dottye has made a huge impact on the staff and program participants."
"Ben Jennings is a Missouri S&T student who started volunteering for the Partnership through the Rolla Catholic Newman Center," Edwards explained. "Newman Center volunteers had done salvage clothes baling events for us in the past, but Ben stepped in and really ramped up those efforts. He recruited other volunteers throughout the year, organized the events with me, and made sure students were kept aware of the events. In spite of having a busy class schedule, he planned and showed up at the bale events, worked hard, and made it fun for other volunteers. Ben is very active with Newman Service events, raking leaves in the fall, and doing the Spring Break Service Trip. He cuts wood for those in need, and mows and cleans up the Newman Center yard, as needed, too. Ben is a senior with a dual major of civil and architectural engineering. He's from Centralia, MO, and has two younger sisters. His parents are Anne and Sam Jennings of Centralia."
"Joan King lives in Bourbon," Edwards continued. "She has been a volunteer for the The Community Partnership Resale Shop for a year, and in that time has made a major impact, especially in the processing of donations, which is an important task in our operation. Her co-workers at the Resale Shop are always impressed with the professional way she organizes donations and gets clothing from "the bags to the racks." Joan is not only good at that job, but she is an excellent trainer. Joan says that she got into volunteering at the Shop by first being a customer. She shopped there frequently when she came to Rolla, and got to know the staff pretty well after a while. Eventually, in talking with Shop manager Maria Grant, she decided to volunteer. The rest - as they say - is history! Joan has become an integral part of the Partnership Resale Shop team."
Page 2 of 2 - "Donna Lewis has been a Resale Shop volunteer for 6 years," said Edwards, as the final recipient was recognized. "She actually started volunteering when the store was in its original location. Donna loves meeting the people who donate, and getting to know the customers and those who come to the store with vouchers who need assistance. She loves working with the other volunteers, too. Donna works mostly in household and clothing items - processing them from the point of donation to the sales floor. Donna is married to James Lewis."
"Donna remembers talking to Maria Grant about volunteering. Maria explained to her what the volunteering consisted of, and about the Community Partnership organization. Donna said that many of the services at The Community Partnership brought her back to being a teen mom and raising her own children. She had given birth to a special needs child, and didn't have access to any kinds of resources like our Capable Kids and Families back then. Donna is an excellent volunteer, and we appreciate what she does for the Partnership."
"Volunteers keep the Partnership going forward," said Mike Thompson. "What these four and all of our volunteers do for us makes a huge impact on the whole community, and we're grateful for their help."
The Community Partnership is a non-profit organization located at 1101 Hauck Dr. in Rolla, and offers programs such as Young Parents, Capable Kids and Families, Fit Helps, Early Care and Education, Independent Living Program, and the annual Linking Hearts Adoption Fair. The Community Partnership Resale Shop is located on N. Bishop in Rolla, in front of Kohl's and in back of Big O Tires.
Proceeds from the sale of goods at the Resale Shop go directly back into the programs at The Community Partnership. For more information, find The Community Partnership on facebook, or at www.thecommunitypartnership.org. There are many volunteer opportunities available at the Partnership and at the Resale Shop. For more information about volunteer, contact Martha Edwards at 368-2849 or email email@example.com.