Volunteers honored during luncheon

Thursday, April 3, 2008
Jacob Sailer

The United Way of Southeast Missouri and the Volunteer Intergenerational Center sponsored their 21st annual Volunteer Awards luncheon recently at the Drury Lodge.

Winners were chosen from youth/young adult, adult, senior adult and group categories.

Jacob Sailer received the youth/young adult award for his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Sailer emphasized the importance of a good education to his little brother and provided him with opportunities to learn firsthand the rewards of volunteering.

Avon Crocker received the adult volunteer award for her work with the Missouri Mentoring Partnership. As a mentor to young moms, Crocker worked to help them set goals, achieve personal success and improve their parenting skills.

Carol Sparkman was the senior adult winner for her leadership and work with the Southeast Missouri Hospital Foundation. Sparkman worked countless hours for the foundation, helped collect resources to fund new technology and additional programs and provide resources for those that cannot afford health-care services.

Kage Family and Education Club received the group award for outstanding support to the community. Members participated in a Jefferson Elementary School-based program, "Reading is Grand," "Camp Day Break," a diabetes education and support group and a military mail project that touched almost 1,000 lives.

27 nominees

Carol Sparkman

Twenty-seven nominations were received in the four categories, and a panel of five local judges chose a winner from each category based on information including activity, need and impact.

Other nominees included youth volunteer Hunter Kincaid, nominated by VIC; adult volunteers Tina Bles, nominated by Southeast Hospice; Sarah Cochrane, nominated by SEMO-NASV; Theresa Essner, nominated by Heartland Down Syndrome Association; Larry Guthrie, nominated by Jackson Ministerial Alliance; Bev and Tom Metheny, nominated by SEMO Chapter American Red Cross; Kimberly S. Price, nominated by Girl Scouts of Otahki Council; Steve Schneider, nominated by LFCS; Diane Scholl, nominated by Scott City Food Pantry; Diane Schweer, nominated by Kandy Peek and Dortha Strack; senior adult volunteers Sue Clippard, nominated by Southeast Hospice; Robin Cole nominated by Habitat for Humanity; Wilma Dooley, nominated by Abbey Road Christian Church; Ruth Farrow, nominated by Lutheran Home Hospice; Martine Lambert, nominated by Salvation Army; Paul Lloyd, nominated by Habitat for Humanity; Lowell Peterson, nominated by Habitat for Humanity; group volunteers CASA; Gamma Sigma Sigma, nominated by the Otahki Girl Scout Council,; Montgomery Bank, nominated by Jackson Senior Center; Restless Spirit, nominated by SEMO NASV; Southeast Missouri Cattleman's Association; Young Americans 4-H Club.

How to help

The United Way of Southeast Missouri serves as the leader in uniting people and resources around health and human service issues to build a stronger and healthier community.

Avon Crocker

VIC recruits volunteers of all ages in order to connect them to resources so they may work together to create positive change for the community.

For more information, contact the United Way of Southeast Missouri at 334-9634 or visit www.unitedwayofsemo.org.

For more information about volunteering, contact VIC at 335-7555 or at www.vicrsvp.org.


Dortha Strack, left, Inez Statler, representatives of Kage FCE.

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