Two Glenwood Springs locals receive national volunteering awards for efforts |

Two Glenwood Springs locals receive national volunteering awards for efforts

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Submitted photoBrendon Langenhuizen, left, and Sara Peuschold, right, received the President's Volunteer Service Award from Good Shepherd's Youth Director Brandon Newton on Jan. 11 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glenwood Springs. The award is a national recognition for their volunteering efforts.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Sara Peuschold doesn’t volunteer to receive rewards or praise, she just does it because she enjoys it.

“I don’t do it for any other reason than to help out other people and it’s really nice,” said the Glenwood Springs Elementary School teacher.

But not wanting to receive an award for recognition does not always mean that you won’t get one.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glenwood Springs awarded Peuschold and fellow volunteer Brendon Langenhuizen each with a national President’s Volunteer Service Award on Jan. 11.

Peuschold, with over 400 volunteer-service hours, received the Gold Pin for volunteering with the Good Shepherd’s Youth Programs as a small group leader and as a teacher at the Rafik Orphanage in Kampala, Uganda this past summer.

Langenhuizen was awarded the Bronze Pin with more than 130 volunteers-service hours for his work with Good Shepherd’s Youth Programs, National Engineers Week Future City Competition, and with the Glenwood Springs U-13 Soccer Club.

For Good Shepherd’s Youth Programs Director Brandon Newton, it was easy to see why these two deserved the honor.

“Sara and Brendon are role models for all of us,” Newton said. “Each volunteer hour contributed makes a difference in improving the quality of life for others, and I encourage everyone to contribute to our community by volunteering. Serving others brings us closer together as families and as communities.”

The award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group created by former President George W. Bush in 2003, to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making to the nation. The award is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering.

And that is what Peuschold thinks is most important.

“I love volunteering. If I didn’t have to work, I would do it all the time,” Peuschold said. “I like that I’m not being rewarded for it. I’m doing it because this is where I want to be and not because I’m getting paid for it. I’m excited for (the award), but it doesn’t change anything.”

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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