Volunteerism is to the community what the heart is to a human, the key is to a car, and the sun is to life. It is the core, the ignition, and the sustenance.
We all know that building a stronger community requires hours and hours of diligent teamwork, courage, and lots of love. It takes volunteers. That is how the United Way came into existence, and that is what keeps it going.
So it was only appropriate that the United Way’s Center for Nonprofit Resources co-sponsored the community’s most prestigious volunteer awards with the JCPenny Company. The Center, which matches more than 1,600 people every year with organizations in need of volunteers, recently revealed the 1997 winners of the Golden Rule Awards.
Good deeds are never forgotten, and neither are the people who have performed them…
People such as Ondrel Jones, who established Dayton’s Paul Laurence Dunbar Arts Competition, hoping that young children could be inspired by the power of the written word as much as she was as a child.
Men such as Bill Allen, who mentors at-risk African American boys desperately in need of a positive male role model.
Youth such as Vivian Song, who not only subtly chips away at prejudices and hate by sharing her Chinese culture with the community, but also is becoming a force in the fight against poverty and hunger.
Women such as Jane Hochstein, whose Academic Volunteer Program began at one Centerville grade school and has now blossomed to involve most of the elementary, middle and high schools in the district.
Educators such as Terrence Harding, whose civic involvement program at C.F. Holiday Elementary School has left the kids so enthused about politics that they cannot wait until they are old enough to vote.
And groups such as the St. Vincent Hotel Medical Clinic, where nurses and doctors donate their expertise to treat the health needs of the Hotel’s homeless guests.
These individuals were recently honored with a Golden Rule Award at the http://www.quikpage.com/P/presban/. They were chosen as role models in the community for following the “Golden Rule” in their daily work and as citizens of the community. Each winner received a $1,000 grant to their nonprofit organization, and all have become eligible for the National Golden Rule Awards.