Neighbors nominated as outstanding volunteers

Volunteering is a Texas tradition. The Volunteer Center of Dallas County plans to celebrate that tradition by honoring some of our city’s best and brightest volunteers.

During National Volunteer Week, we will salute the men, women and youth who give unselfishly of their time and talents to help others. Almost 200 local nominees will be honored at the 20th annual Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Awards Celebration on April 11 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

Congratulations to the following Lakewood and East Dallas residents nominated for the 20th Annual Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Awards. They are listed with the organizations where they volunteer: Elena Anderson, Housing Crisis Center; Charles Derrick, White Rock Center of Hope; Frank Diaz, Kimball High School; Hope L. Garcia, Brady Center; Susan Gregory-Drechsler, PATH; Andrew Guerra, Brady Center; Nikki Michelle Hunter, Shared Housing, Inc.; Karen Johnstone, Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Dallas Chapter; Jerry Lynn, Caring Friends Center; Susan Markel, Family Outreach Center of East Dallas; Karol Omlor, Dallas Theater Center; Renee Phillips. Spirit of Christmas; Betty Pettigrew, Family Outreach Center of East Dallas; and Rust Reid, Visiting Nurse Association. Neighborhood organizations and companies nominated include: Ariesnet, My Guardian Angel, Clown Corp, Baylor University Medical Center, Community Builders, Central Dallas Ministries, and Family Outreach Center of East Dallas.

If you know any of these outstanding volunteers or others who are making a difference in our community, please thank them for their efforts to make our community a better place. For more information on volunteer opportunities or to purchase tickets to the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Awards Celebration on April 11, call the Volunteer Center at 214-826-6767.

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