Marine Parents Volunteers of the Year 2015
This year, we selected three volunteers for our "Volunteer of the Year" award. With thousands of volunteers working with Marine Parents around the country, and each exemplary in their own way, it's tough to choose each year.
We selected a volunteer from each of the following three categories:
- Local Volunteer
Melinda Q. from Columbia, Missouri
- Outreach Programs Volunteer
Dale L. from San Diego, California
- Online Support Services Volunteer
Keri C. from Roeland Park, Kansas
We extend a huge Ooh Rah and congratulations to each of you for taking support of our Marines and families at home to another level. Thank you Mendy, Dale, Keri!
Below you'll find a few paragraphs on each of the Volunteers of the Year.
Local Volunteer of the Year
Mendy Q. is a volunteer from Columbia, Missouri who has volunteered with us for a number of years now. Every Tuesday morning, rain or shine, Mendy volunteers her time in our warehouse, helping prepare for pack days. Her gusto and laughter are infectious, and her commitment to volunteering is steadfast.
We'd like to take this opportunity to recognize Mendy as our Local Volunteer of the Year. Mendy earned the President's Bronze Volunteer Service Award this year, meaning she volunteered between 100 and 249 hours of her time over the past year, and she has volunteered more than 500 hours of her time to Marine Parents over the last three years.
Thank you Mendy, for your hard work and for being a valued member of the Marine Parents team. Your hard work is greatly appreciated!
Outreach Programs Volunteer of the Year
Dale L. is a volunteer from San Diego, California who, along with his wife, became a Marine parent in 2009 when his son joined the Corps. Dale and Lori found RecruitParents.com soon after and became familiar with our organization. In 2011, Dale and Lori visited a Marine who had been seriously wounded in Afghanistan at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego (also known as Balboa) and contacted Marine Parents to see if there were any services available in San Diego to help support this young Marine, his wife, and his daughter. We put them in touch with what was then our Purple Heart Hero Support™ program, now the Warrior Support Team™ (WST), and the rest is history!
Since attending his first Thursday meal at Balboa, Dale has been a constant fixture at the weekly dinners and in July of 2014, he took over as the leader of the WST-West and is now in charge of providing resources, support, and fellowship to recovering warriors at Balboa, as well as coordinating the dinners themselves. Dale's dedication is all the more impressive considering the fact that he took charge of the WST-West shortly after completing chemotherapy.
We would like to take this opportunity to recognize Dale as our Outreach Service Volunteer of the Year. Dale earned the President's Silver Volunteer Service Award this year, meaning he volunteered between 250 and 499 hours over the past year, and he has volunteered almost 600 hours of his time to the WST over the last three years. Thank you Dale, for all that you do. Your dedication is an inspiration to us all!
Online Support Services Volunteer of the Year
Keri C. is a volunteer from Roeland Park, Kansas who became a Marine mom and member of the Marine Family Network (MFN) in 2011 when her son joined the Corps. After her son graduated from boot camp, Keri decided to stick around on MFN and help others locate information on the site. The following year, Keri signed up to be an official volunteer moderator for MFN and in 2013, she and her daughter began joining us in Columbia, Missouri, for Care Package Project pack days. In October 2014, Keri was promoted to co-manager of MFN and since January she has been managing the site on her own. Since becoming the sole manager in January, Keri has done an amazing job of staying on top of things, despite receiving no additional training and working a full-time job.
We'd like to take this opportunity to recognize Keri as our Online Support Services Volunteer of the Year. Keri earned the President's Gold Volunteer Service Award this year, meaning she volunteered more than 500 hours of her time over the past year and she has volunteered more than 2,500 hours over the last three years. Thank you, Keri, for all of your hard work and commitment to supporting Marines and their family members. We greatly appreciate all that you do for our organization!