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Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony marks hours of service
June 3, 2014
A-B Tech Community College’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration was held April 21 in the Magnolia Dining Room and highlighted the many ways volunteers impact the College.
According to Jeralie Andrews, Volunteer and Intern Services Coordinator, 69 College volunteers average about 700 hours of service per month at A-B Tech working in 21 different areas. As of August 1, 2012, volunteers have provided 9,254 hours of service, which translates into $176,553 in monetary value.
Rob Montague was named Volunteer of the Year for his efforts in the Visual Arts Department. He averages 45 hours of service each month and organizes the ceramic’s studio and kilns. In the spring, he opened the art studio many Saturdays so students would have time to work on weekends. He loads and unloads the kilns for all the ceramic’s classes and creates and laminates safety and directional signs.
Montague also designed and created a tile glaze sample board. The board contains 340 individually extruded, glazed and fired color samples and took approximately 200 hours to complete. He also added laminated labels to describe the process. Montague did most of the work but did have help from lab monitor Michael Connor and adjunct ceramics instructor Heather Lewis.
The Volunteers of the Month were also honored for their service over the past year. They included Raven Riley, Kelly Wolf, Emma Jean Harper, Laurie Parkerson, Pam Danforth and Brian Perkins.
Maddy Edwards was recognized for receiving the 2014 Governor's Volunteer Service Award.
“Some words get overused, such as outstanding. Others are not used enough, such as thank you. We want to thank you for the value of your hours and thank you for the programs we never thought of,” said Dennis King, A-B Tech Interim President, referring to the pet therapy and veterans’ café programs at the College. “I never thought we would reach the value of volunteerism we have today. We value you.”