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Volunteer Recognitions

L-R Melissa Verellen and Meredith King from CASA of Westmoreland, Tierney Guarascio and Donald Mintz from AseraCare.

 

Volunteers Recognized at Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon:

 

The Westmoreland Association of Volunteer Administrators (WAVA) are proud to announce their annual volunteer awardees for 2016. At a Holiday Luncheon at Lakeview Restaurant in Greensburg on December 14, 2016, two volunteers were recognized for their outstanding service to the Westmoreland County community.

 

The Emerging Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Melissa Verellen, who was nominated by CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocates of Westmoreland. Advocates are trained community members who volunteer to ensure a child’s needs are met while, awaiting placement in a safe, permanent and nurturing home.  CASA’s advocates, also, provide a voice in court for abused and neglected children.  Melissa became an advocate in July of 2014. She has been an outstanding volunteer.  Her kind personality allowed her to easily build relationships with the foster families, biological parents and attorneys and caseworkers.  She became a “got to” person, when anyone needed information.  She always advocated for services that the children needed including individual therapy and early intervention.  She drops everything to attend important appointments for all of her cases and goes to observe visits with the parents and children in the prison setting, which is uncomfortable for many of our volunteers.  Melissa has donated hundreds of hours to help children in our community that are in need.

The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Donald Mintz of Verona. Don is a man of exceptional kindness and integrity.  He is also a person, who leaves an impact on everyone he meets.  He has been an avid AseraCare Hospice volunteer for the past seven years.  His volunteerism is both widespread and deeply impactful.  He has graciously comforted terminally ill patients in their final hours.  He has helped with various AseraCare community events, including their annual car cruise, where he proudly shows off his famous Turner’s Iced Tea Bird.  Don has even helped with resident activities within several senior care homes.  He is willing to change his schedule to visit with a patient.  His passion and positivity are infectious.

 

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