To recognize the countless acts of service performed by Washington’s volunteers, Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed April 21 as Washington Volunteer Appreciation Day, urging “all people in our state to join me in recognizing and supporting those who volunteer and serve, ” According to a press release issued by the Washington Commission for National and Community Service. According to the release:
On April 21, the 10th Annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards will be presented to 44 honorees. These outstanding volunteers range in age from 16 to 101 years old, and represent 17 of Washington’s 39 counties.
Carole Jones and Destiny McEntyre, both of Tumwater, will be among the 44 volunteers honored at the Executive Mansion Monday.
Nominated by AmeriCorps, Citizen Corps and Senior Corps programs and volunteer centers across the state, the recipients and their hometowns are:
Susan Alcala, Federal Way; Richard Lundstrom, Auburn; Cece Armijo, Ellensburg; Gayle Mahler, Auburn; Howard Auble, Raymond; Bob Malone, Mukilteo; Katie Auble, Raymond; Hayden Marotz, Bellingham; David Banner, Cosmopolis; Erika Martinez, Pasco; Jeff Brown, Mount Vernon; David McCammon, Renton; Lori Chapin, Tacoma; Gui Juan Chen, Seattle; Amber Mehta, Monroe; Scott Christiansen, Spokane; Fred Miller, Seattle; Rachel DeForrest, University Place; Trudy Newton, Bremerton; Bill Emery, Spokane; Mary Perkins, East Wenatchee; Glenn England, Kelso; Sally Perkins, Tacoma; Sue Fujino, Seattle; Angela Phommavong, Algona; Christopher Helm, Seattle; David Reynolds, Nespelem; Elizabeth Herring, Seattle; Emily Seaman, South Bend; Parvathi Iyer, Seattle; Vern Stark, Vancouver; Rose Johnson, Everett; Deborah Stolberg, Renton; Zane Johnson, South Bend; Tressa Thomas, Seattle; Dennis Wahl, Bremerton; Mary F. Weeks, Spokane Valley; Sharon Leishman, Renton; Roger Wilson, Port Townsend; C. Fred Lewis, Bremerton; Linda Yang, Seattle; and Erlinda Lorenzo, Seattle.
In the press release, Debbie Schuffenhauer, executive director of the Washington Commission for National and Community Service, said, “We have much to celebrate during Washington Volunteer Appreciation Day. Washington ranks ninth in the country for its level of volunteer participation.”
On Monday, the Seattle Mariners and the Washington Commission for National and Community Service will host the sixth annual Salute to Volunteers Night.
Pre-game ceremonies will include a special on-field tribute to the volunteers. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Angela Phommavong, this year’s youngest award recipient.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact the Volunteer Centers of Washington <http://www.volunteerwashington.org> at 800-865-8683 or the Washington Commission for National and Community Service at <http://www.ofm.wa.gov/servewa> or 360-902-0656.