Give ’em a hand: The 2009 Garfield County Humanitarian Service Award nominees |

Give ’em a hand: The 2009 Garfield County Humanitarian Service Award nominees

Kay Vasilakis
Special to the Post Independent

The 2009 Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards are held each year to honor those outstanding citizens who have given their time to help others in the county. This year marks the 21st year these prestigious awards have been given.

The awards dinner is sponsored by the Garfield County Human Services Commission and the Garfield County Commissioners. It will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 12 at The Hotel Colorado.

Listed below are this year’s nominees, with just some of the ways they volunteer their time for the benefit of Garfield County citizens. Congratulations to all for the recognition of their service!

Allie is a member of the Glenwood Springs High School philanthropy group SHOC; is a member of the YouthZone group TITANS (Trained Involved Teen Assisting Nonprofits) and the YouthZone Board of Directors; participated in the Great Minds Seminar at the Aspen Institute; is captain of her high school soccer team; and has received the Boettcher Scholarship.

McKenna is a member of TITANS; a member of the Youth for Christ Board of Directors; a Teen Pal Mentor for YouthZone; a member of Student Ministry at Mountain View Church; has taught Vacation Bible School, and organized a sexual harassment seminar for last year’s Glenwood Springs High School seniors.

Jim is the Community Advocate for the Catholic Charities Roaring Fork and Grand River valleys, demonstrating an immense sense of compassion for his clients; is an active member of Club Rotario; was on the steering committee of the Community Integration Initiative; and consistently volunteers for the Latino American Festival.

Lori served on the Pregnancy Resource Center board of directors for four years; is the YouthZone program director; conducts classes for parents of teens; ran the YouthZone Pals Mentoring program; and volunteers for St. Mary of the Crown Catholic Church.

Sara has been associated with Garfield Public Health for ten years and is its Immunization Program Manager. She is also the agency’s lead resource for staff training and professional development; coordinates activities and programs to help increase immunization rates in Garfield County; and monitors vaccine-preventable diseases and other communicable diseases in the county.

Kaaren created a service delivery system of meals, library books and pet food to homebound individuals throughout Western Garfield County for the Grand River Hospital District; was on the Strategic Planning Group for the Garfield County Public Library System; and was part of the Art and Reconciliation group which created the mural for the New Castle Library.

Mari volunteers for Mountain Valley Developmental Services; has given five years of service with Special Olympics; and started the Glenwood Medical Associates recycling program.

Melissa is a pivotal leader for the successful development of the ChildHelp River Bridge Advocacy Center; is an active member of the Aspen Glen Rotary club; and is the manager for Youth Entity.

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