Marking National Volunteer Month, the City of Pendleton recognized many of their outstanding volunteers during the April 16th City Council meeting. Receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national award given for completing the required number of service hours were Tikhon Gilson, Linda Senter, and Linda Wagner for volunteering in the Library, and Sherry Zweig for her volunteerism with the Police Department.
Awards were presented by Mayor John Turner to volunteers nominated by city staff. Ethan Cheung, a volunteer with the Summer Youth Program, was awarded Youth Volunteer of the Year and the Gold level of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Recipients of the Volunteer Group of the Year Award were the Pendleton High School National Honor Society for their commitment to service at events throughout the year. The group also was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing 204 hours of service during the calendar year. The 2018 Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Roy Jones, a volunteer in the Pendleton Public Library, for the initiative and impact he has made through his volunteer efforts.
Several local businesses and organizations were selected to receive the Mayor’s Leadership Award, which recognizes a volunteer(s) who have dedicated time and energy in pursuit of making the community the best it can be. The Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Gordon’s Electric, Les Schwab Tire Center, Pacific Power, Palmer’s Roofing, Pendleton Electric, and VFW Post #922 were recognized for their time and efforts alongside city staff to install holiday decorations around the community during the holiday season. A Civic Engagement Award was presented to Johnny Blagg, a member of the Pendleton Arts Commission who has led the efforts to install a Veterans Memorial in the community. This award is given to a member of one of the City of Pendleton’s boards, commissions or committee who has shown impactful civic leadership in our community.
Formally established in 2009, the City of Pendleton’s Volunteer Program included 405 citizens in 2017, with volunteers performing 3,830 hours of service in various city departments. Working alongside city staff, volunteers played a vital role in enhancing, expanding and delivering quality programs and services to the community. The City of Pendleton accepts applications year round to volunteer in city departments. More information on the Volunteer Program, including the 2017 City of Pendleton Volunteer Report, can be found on the city website http://pendleton.or.us/volunteer.
Contact: Tiffany Hegarty, City of Pendleton Volunteer Coordinator Phone: 541-966-0244