On Sunday, May 5, 2013, the Gathering Room at the Center for Vision Loss office was filled with the sounds, colors and tastes of Mexico as staff and volunteers gathered to celebrate at the Annual Recognition event in Cinco de Mayo-style! Rita Lang, Manager of Innovative Programs and Volunteer Coordinator, along with Dawn Sellers, Cummunity Outreach Specialist, worked together to make the afternoon festivities interesting and fun.
Volunteers receiving light-up star awards included:
1. Amy Cincera—Annie’s Angel Award given to the volunteer who has made the greatest impace on improving a customer’s quality of life.
2. Ross Wasielke—Looking Beyond Vision Award given to the volunteer or board member who has been the most active in promoting the agency in a positivie light within the community.
3.Lynn Schiavone—Knight in Shining Armor Award given to a volunteer who has shown the most versatility in service and comes to our rescue when the need arises.
4. Dorothy Montero–Helen Keller Award for Independence given to a blind or visually impaired customer or customer group who has been most supportive of the projects of the agency exemplifying independence and new vision.
5. Estella Saylor—Helping Hands Community Outreach Award given to the volunteer who has worked the most hours in one year.
6. Cheryl Miller—Louis Braille Communication Award given to the individual whose selfless efforts open the door to better communication and involvement for those who are blind or visually impaired.
7. Fay Sheeler—Anne Sullivan Award given to the volunteer whose deep commitment to helping others exemplifies the spirit of Anne Sullivan’s teaching and friendship.
(Standing in picture, above: Lynn, Dorothy, Amy and Fay)
In addition, two volunteers received fun gift baskets: Ken Haines as the newest volunteer and Matt Rubin as the volunteer who travels the longest distance.
Following the awards presentation, volunteers and staff enjoyed playing a trivia game based on the number 5 and then tried their skill at a cactus ring toss game while wearing simulator glasses representing one of the four age-related eye diseases.
The Center for Vision Loss appreciates the talent and time that each volunteer brings to the mission of the agency. They spend countless hours driving customers, working with the customer activity groups, providing office assistance, doing data entry, helping with vision screenings for children and many other tasks. Volunteers–you are truly our shining stars!