TAVARES — VolunteerLAKE recently awarded 113 volunteers with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service.
In addition, three Lifetime achievement recipients, Gil Fayerman, Donald Roy and John Swaim, were recognized with a special President’s Call to Service Award. The President’s Call to Service award honors those who have provided more than 4,000 documented hours of service over the course of their lifetime.
Established in 2003, 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. As one of thousands of certifying organizations in the nation participating in the award program, VolunteerLAKE confers the award to recognize the outstanding achievements of its volunteers.
VolunteerLAKE has a long history of volunteer service and more than 700 volunteers perform volunteer service each year on behalf of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners’ program. Some of the roles volunteers fulfill are adult literacy tutors, County court mediators, members of advisory boards, councils and committees, disaster preparation and recovery assistants, neighboring project leaders, environment cleanups & conservation, teen court justice, special events supporters, administrative and customer service, and library services aides.
To be eligible to receive the President’s Call to Service Award, individuals, families and groups submit a record of their annual volunteer service hours to participating certifying organizations, such as VolunteerLAKE, that will verify the service and deliver the award. Award eligibility for individuals and groups is based on hours-worked requirements varying by age and time factor.
“These recipients of the President’s Volunteer Service Award are role models for all Americans,” said Helena Osborne-Ponsi, Lake County’s Volunteer Center Director. “Each volunteer hour contributed makes a difference in improving the quality of life for others. I encourage everyone to contribute to our community by volunteering.”
The Award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The Council comprises leaders in government, media, entertainment, business, education, nonprofits and volunteer service organizations, and community volunteering.
For more information about volunteering and about how to qualify for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, call VolunteerLAKE at (352) 742-6590.