Around Town: Pikes Peak United Way volunteer awards

By: Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com
May 5, 2013
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photo - 050513 volunteer Photo by Linda Navarro
Corporate Service Award, American Medical Response, Tawnya Silloway, Community  Relations Coordinator
050513 volunteer Photo by Linda Navarro Corporate Service Award, American Medical Response, Tawnya Silloway, Community Relations Coordinator 

All across the community on April 24 teams of volunteers built and cleaned, painted and fixed up.

Pikes Peak Regional Volunteer Day was capped late that afternoon in Pikes Peak Center's Studio Bee when the 2013 awards for top volunteers of the year were presented.

Emcee Rob Quirk, looking out at an audience of 200, said that the nominees and winners in that room alone represented 79,848 hours of volunteer service.

The top Corporate Service award went to American Medical Response and included volunteering to move nursing home evacuees during the Waldo Canyon fire.

Jake Martens received the Leadership Service Award for his work as the United Way chair of Leaders in Giving, on the Pikes Peak Community Foundation allocation committee and for producing 'Signs of Hope, ' a book about the Waldo Canyon fire that has raised $50,000 for the Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund.

The Adult Group Service Award went to Wayne and Pam Bland and Bob and Jane Justis representing the Urban Peak Support Group for Families of Gays and Lesbians.

Maggie Dorscht was named top Youth Volunteer for her work at Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center and Dayna Jenkins of the riding center received the Kaleidoscope Award for top paid Volunteer Manager/Director.

Two volunteers were honored with Adult Service Awards: Eydie Mellin of Ronald McDonald House Charities and Hungry Heroes and Steve Roscio, Western Museum of Mining and Industry Haunted Mines fundraiser. Roscio has volunteered over 500 hours each year for more than six years.

Community volunteers were honored for their hours of work ranging from 100+ to 500+ hours. Recognized for Lifetime Service Awards with more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service were Veronica Hoard, Colorado Springs Utilities; John Kieft, Bud Lehmkuhl and Charlie Sullivan, Ecumenical Social Ministries; and Pam Jones, Urban Peak.

Presenting the volunteer awards were the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and Pikes Peak United Way's Volunteer Center.

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