Monday, June 29, 2009, 5:55 PM
It takes volunteers from all walks of life and many different careers to make
Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center successful. At our Annual Volunteer Luncheon,
we said thank you to those important
people who play these vital roles.
Recently these volunteers were recognized for their dedication and service and seven were nominated for the prestigious “Volunteer of the Year” award. This year nominees were Timberland Company and Nancy Morrison, Gail Anton, Sylvester Baugh, Allen Jongsma of Living Springs Community Church, Edward Lawson, Claudette Lindsey and Derrick Martin.
Aunt Martha’s recognized the Timberland Company in New Hampshire and its Community Affairs Director, Nancy Morrison as the 2008 Volunteer of the Year! Aunt Martha’s Board of Directors selected the honoree. As this year’s honoree was not able to be in attendance, a video conference was arranged. Board members Andrew Jones and Bill Wesender made note of the global feeling that is created when we interact with people so far away.
According to Nancy Morrison, Community Affairs at Timberland, “We believe strongly that by partnering with effective non-profit organizations we can assist in strengthening communities around the world. This commitment is realized through support of organizations such as Aunt Martha’s whose innovative leadership results in lasting, positive change. It is Timberland’s hope that Aunt Martha’s will view its grants as a vote of confidence in what we are working to achieve.”
The Timberland Company, through its Community Reinvestment Program, has generously donated warm, winter boots to youth in Aunt Martha’s residential homes, shelters and transitional living programs for the past four holidays. Fifty five of our young men and women were recipients of Timberland boots last year! To date, a total of 193 pairs of boots valued at $30,000 have been donated by the Timberland Company.
The self-worth our youth experience in receiving a “Timberland “Boot” is, in itself, priceless. Notwithstanding the workmanship and durability of these boots, they are also a fashion statement to the kids. It is perhaps the most wanted holiday item year after year, always listed on our youths’ wish lists. It has been said that “wearing Timberlands is like wearing a hug!”
Timberland and Nancy Morrison were the volunteers of the year for 2008 but each and every volunteer played a critical role in the lives of our children and families. If you would like to join our volunteers please contact us.