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27th Annual Human Services Volunteer Tea

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The Twenty-seventh Annual Volunteer Tea sponsored by Woodbridge Human Services will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the Center Building. This year 111 volunteers will be honored at the Volunteer Tea. Volunteers will receive Certificates of Appreciation in recognition of exemplary volunteer services benefiting Woodbridge. Randi Fiorello, Audrey Grotheer, Pennell Hamilton, Laurie Luce and Mary Leigh Sabshin will be honored as Outstanding Volunteers.

Randi Fiorello will be honored as an “Outstanding Volunteer” for her dedicated service to the Senior Center’s 2014 Annual Holiday Fair. Randi joined the Center in 2014 and almost immediately took an interest in helping to organize the annual Holiday Fair. Randi implemented some very creative ideas, one of which was petitioning local businesses for monetary pledges, which she was successful in receiving. She was also able to obtain auction items for our fair and has been instrumental in helping to make the 2014 Holiday Fair one of our most successful. Randi has the true spirit of a volunteer and has continued her volunteer activities into the current year.

Audrey Grotheer is currently a junior honors student at Amity High School who has volunteered for the Youth Evening Programs since her days at Amity Middle School. She often came to set up before she attended the programs and now works at many programs to set up tables and chairs, food, to decorate, and assists at the registration area. Audrey has also volunteered her time sorting food in the Human Services food closet. She has been involved in the Youth Services Job Bank working as a math tutor for younger kids. Audrey volunteers at Amity High School as a peer tutor and has volunteered at many programs at the Woodbridge Library, most notably Crazy Eights Math, Boredom Busters, and Teens and Kids Reading Together Program. She is active with the Amity Creative Theater and Drama Club, and has played three seasons with the Amity Girls soccer team. Audrey has also been a volunteer for the Beecher Road School PTO.

Woodbridge Youth Services is honoring resident Pennell Hamilton as an Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. He has volunteered as a chaperone for middle school students at the Youth Evening Program for two years; he is always the first parent to respond whenever there is a request for volunteers. Mr. Hamilton recently retired from his work as an actuary. He has since graduated from the State’s Accelerated Route to Certification Program, and he is now eligible to teach high school Math. He has a wealth of other volunteer activities. He served on the Board of the Valley United Way for 7 years, volunteered as a soccer coach for the Woodbridge Soccer Club for three years, and has helped organize the Halloween Hoot at Beecher Road School appearing annually as ‘Professor Proton’! Additionally, he is currently the treasurer for the Amity Middle School PTO and is the assistant treasurer for the Amity High School PTSO.

Laurie Luce is being recognized for her dedication as an outstanding volunteer. In the past twelve years Laurie has graciously volunteered her time and worn many different hats at the Senior Center. She is a very compassionate person and her deep affection for the seniors is evident. Her most recent project was assisting with the 2014 Holiday Fair. She took on the task of visiting local merchants and was successful in acquiring gifts and certificates that were auctioned off in our “Silent and Take a Chance” auctions. Because of her efforts she was also instrumental in making the 2014 Holiday Fair the most successful fair to date.

Mary Leigh Sabshin is being honored for her continuous support of Human Services projects and fundraisers. She has been a member of the Human Services Commission for 10 years. The first project that Mrs. Sabshin was involved with was the United Way Day of Caring Tree-Planting September 11th Memorial Project sponsored by Human Services. Since then, over the many years, she has participated very humbly in numerous Human Services Silent Auction fundraisers. Most recently, she assisted with the Silent Auction and set up of the Annual Senior Holiday Fair. In addition, she has been a member of the Garden Club working on community projects for 23 years, was a member of the League of Woman Voters, Woman of Woodbridge and St. Raphael’s Auxiliary Board.

Bailey, Moore, Glazer, Schaefer & Proto, LLP and their Employees and Betsy Quist will receive Human Services Special Recognition Awards. Bailey, Moore, Glazer, Schaefer & Proto, LLP and their Employees are being honored for their outstanding contribution to the Holiday Basket Program brightening the holidays for residents in need residing in Woodbridge. Every week they would collect five dollars from employees for “Blue Jean Day” which was matched by the partners at Bailey, Moore, Glazer, Schaefer & Proto, LLP. They then decided to donate the money to purchase gift cards for food for each of the December holiday basket food recipients.

Betsy Quist, a very giving individual, is being honored and recognized for her outstanding dedication to the Holiday Basket Program. For many, many years, Mrs. Quist has coordinated and organized the Town Hall employees in sponsoring families in the “Adopt a Family” Holiday Program. She has generously collected donations, shopped for food, gifts, and gift cards to brighten the holidays for residents in need in Woodbridge.

“The attitude of compassion and commitment of all the volunteers brings so much to Woodbridge. The Staff appreciates and is grateful for the hard work and dedication given so generously by the volunteers,” stated Mary Ellen LaRocca, Director of Human Services.

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