City of Pendleton Volunteers Honored Ahead of National Volunteer Week, April 12-18

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Volunteers in Pendleton work alongside city staff and play a vital role in enhancing, expanding and delivering quality programs and services to the community. During 2014, 128 volunteers in Pendleton performed 5,522 hours of service. During the April 7, 2015 City Council meeting, outstanding volunteers were recognized for their achievements.

City of Pendleton Volunteer Awards were given in three categories:

Youth Volunteer of the Year

The Youth Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Illumination Spencer. Illumination has been a library volunteer for several years and this year helped found the Teen Advisory Council. 

Photo: Youth Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer Group of the Year

The Volunteer Group of the Year was given to Lost and Found Youth Organization, who were recognized for their outstanding service to the newly created Adopt-A-Park program. 

Photo: Volunteer Group of the Year

City of Pendleton Volunteer of the Year

The City of Pendleton Volunteer of the Year for 2014 was awarded to Winifred Burnett for initiating and implementing a weekly Open Gym for persons with special needs at the Rec Center. Nominated by Recreation Supervisor Lisa Patrick, Winifred has taken a leadership role when it comes to improving Pendleton’s livability for individuals with special needs and their caregivers.

Photo: Volunteer of the Year

President's Volunteer Service Award

Nine volunteers qualified for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national award that recognizes the valuable contributions of citizen volunteers. Awards are based on the number of hours of service over a 12-month period. Award recipients for 2014 include Rosevelie Sams (Teen Bronze); Johanna Groseclos (Young Adult Gold); Bronze awards to library volunteers Pamela Helsley, Linda Senter and Karen Odman; Ty Woolsey (Bronze); Tikhon Gilson (Silver); Rick Rohde (Silver); and Tom Laird (Gold).


Formally established in 2009, the City of Pendleton’s Volunteer Program had 296 citizens sign up to volunteer across various departments last year. More information about volunteering can be found on our Volunteer web page.