ACTS Celebrates Volunteers with 2018 Appreciation Dinner

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On Tuesday, April 17th, ACTS honored its organization-wide group of volunteers by holding a dinner at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Woodbridge. The event was catered by Touch of Class Catering, and volunteers, board members, and staff alike spent the evening solving mystery-themed puzzles as well as providing special recognition to those who greatly contributed to ACTS' mission during the previous year. The departmental award winners this year were:

Mark Victorson: Volunteer of the Year for Helpline
Bob Chamberlin and Jeff Cole: Volunteers of the Year for the Hunger Prevention Center
Joline Doedens-Combs: Volunteer of the Year for Domestic Violence Service's Court Program
Edward McGovern: Volunteer of the Year for Sexual Assault Services
 
The Howard Horner Award Winner for 2018 was Kathleen "Kathy" Sweeney. This award, which is presented to a non-board volunteer who traditionally has at least five years of active volunteer service, is the most prestigious award that ACTS offers. During Ms. Sweeney's award speech, Steven Liga, ACTS CEO and Master of Ceremonies for the evening, commented;
 

"Kathy Sweeney has been volunteering at ACTS’ Administrative building on Wednesday mornings for over 15 years. Her self-assigned duty is what she calls “Doing the papers;” shredding very sensitive documents relating to ACTS’ clients and residents. In her own way, she has helped us safeguard their privacy for over a decade and allowed us to keep our promise of discretion to our neighbors in need. What stands out the most about Kathy is her overwhelmingly positive demeanor – everyone who walks through the door has become her friend, and no matter how bad of a mood you could be in by the middle of the week, you’re guaranteed to leave with a smile after you see her. Kathy’s warm and sunny disposition makes coming to work on Wednesdays a true delight to everyone she sees, and we are honored that she has been part of ACTS’ Family of Volunteers for so many years. It is my pleasure to present Kathy Sweeney as this year’s Howard Horner Award Recipient for longevity and service to ACTS’ mission." 

ACTS could simply not run without its dedicated volunteer base. If you would like to be part of the action next year, we encourage you to become a volunteer! More information can be found here. Thank you to everyone who dedicated their time and talents in making 2017 a great year for ACTS! 

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