Apr 10 2014

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Selfless service


Rae Minchew and Laura Bowen at recent volunteer luncheon.

It was quite a crowd. The Longview Nonprofit Coalition Board worked countless hours to put together a great reception in  honor of  volunteers. The recent luncheon brought  25 non-profit agencies and their priceless volunteers to Maude Cobb Convention Center for an annual event.

It is important to note, Longview volunteers have put in a total of 340,032 hours. According to Independentsector.com that will amount to 7,667,721 dollars. This great savings is passed on to the citizens of Longview. Volunteerism is a matter of the heart because serving others is an art in its own right. Volunteers are selfless, helpful , inspirational, contribute to the quality of life and the coffers of Longview.

According to  Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt, volunteers are those people who most citizens do not see. They quietly go about their duties doing what they do best-giving their time, talents and treasures.

He knows first hand the value of volunteers. In his position, he has a great relationship with East Texas Council and Drug Abuse (ETCADA). He sees how they help people who made bad choices,  pick up the pieces. Consequently, he profusely thanked volunteers for their altruism.

The following volunteers were honored:

Community Emergency Response Team – Fire Dpt.
Todd Hoover and Jim Quinn

Cultural Arts Advisory Commission – City
Debbie Fontaine

Partners in Prevention – Mentoring Advisory Council – City
Johnny Medrano

Public Transportation Advisory Committee – City
Steve Crane

Certificates of Appreciation

Green Street Recreation Center
Evelyn Johnson-Hines and Barbara Turgeon

Longview Public Library
William Denson and Edith Keeton


Story and Photos by Joycelyne Fadojutimi

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