April 27, 2017
Commissioners Announce 2017 Volunteer Awards during National Volunteer Week
The Boulder County Commissioners celebrated the important role volunteers play in the community by hosting a volunteer recognition event on April 27 and awarding $6,000 total for 13 volunteer program proposals during National Volunteer Week.
On an annual basis, Boulder County invites volunteers from county government programs to submit proposals requesting up to $500 per proposal. Proposals may seek to fund an innovative new idea or can be used to enhance an existing volunteer program. Based on predetermined guidelines, a selection committee chooses the proposals to fund.
Volunteers were individually recognized during the ceremony and the funding will go directly to the programs in which they participate.
The volunteer award recipients for this year are listed below in alphabetical order:
- Elizabeth Allen & Robin Keith - Native Plant Master Program, Extension – Parks & Open Space Department, $450 to purchase five copies of "Flora of Colorado" and five hand lenses for course participants to use in classes that help educate the public about native and non-native plants, as well as to purchase several reference materials to help volunteer instructors with preparation for their nature sketching and journaling classes.
- Jennifer Archuleta - Trails Advanced Learning Program – Parks & Open Space Department, $500 to contribute toward an advanced training - in partnership with the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance - on trail closure and restoration to be offered to current volunteer Crew Leaders within Boulder County's Parks & Open Space, City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks, and the US Forest Service.
- Walter Boner Jr., Barbara Brown & Karen Hammer - Medical Reserve Corps of Boulder County – Department of Public Health, $500 to purchase up to 100 CPR/AED certification cards for Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers and other Boulder County community members who complete this training being offered by a MRC volunteer and certified trainer.
- Lori Gottschalk - Farm to Early Care and Education, Child Health Promotion Program – Department of Public Health, $500 to purchase 12 sets of children's books on nutrition and 14 sets of child-sized gardening tools, which would be a part of Public Health's Farm to Early Care and Education resource library for volunteers to use with participating childcare centers.
- Anne Janicki - Boulder County 4-H, Extension – Parks & Open Space Department, $500 to contribute toward the purchase of a "4-H Dog Learning Lab Kit" to support program volunteers who train and coach 4-H youth participants.
- Lyndsey Lyons - Jail Education & Transition, Community Justice Services – Community Services Department, $500 to purchase several books on strengthening relationships and working through trauma, which will be used in a guided class to be offered for men in the Boulder County Jail and could also be used by inmates on their own.
- Bill Nagel - Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, Area Agency on Aging – Community Services Department, $375 to pay the registration fees for five Volunteer Ombudsmen to attend a training to become Certified Eden Associates, a training which focuses on changing the culture of care to one that is more resident-directed.
- Barbara Neulight - Children with Special Needs Program – Department of Public Health, $225 to purchase 12 books that focus on working with children with special needs, thus providing a small lending library for volunteers seeking to enhance their knowledge.
- Samuel Quinn - Casa de la Esperanza Learning Center – Housing & Human Services Department- $450 to purchase a copy of "Piano Wizard Academy" (piano learning software/video game), a digital keyboard, headphones, and self-taught lessons so that Casa de la Esperanza students can learn to play the piano.
- Vanessa Rodriguez - Casa de la Esperanza Learning Center – Housing & Human Services Department, $500 to pay for registration fees for local running events, T-shirts, water bottles, medals/ribbons, and a need-based scholarship for five pairs of running shoes to start a volunteer-supported running program for Casa de la Esperanza students.
- Lori Schultz - Casa de la Esperanza Learning Center – Housing & Human Services Department, $500 to purchase bean bag chairs, pillows, a bookshelf, and a rug to create a quiet, comfortable reading area for Casa de la Esperanza students.
- Tina Simpson - Jail Education & Transition, Community Justice Services – Community Services Department, $500 to purchase several DVDs on cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness to support clients at the Boulder County Jail, which could be used in guided classes and could also be used by inmates on their own.
- Tom Voll - Citizen Ranger Corps – Parks & Open Space Department, $500 to purchase 74 pocket-sized wildflower field guides entitled "Mountain Blooms: Wildflowers of the Rockies" for Citizen Rangers volunteers to carry while out on park patrol to help answer questions from the public.
This ceremony is one of many special ways Boulder County celebrates local volunteerism and the profound impact that volunteers have in our community. To see the current volunteer opportunities and learn more about the county’s programs, visit BoulderCountyVolunteers.org.
2017 Boulder County Volunteer Award Recipients