On April 27, the Eagle View Adult Center held its annual volunteer recognition and announced its 2017 Red Sweater Award winners. The outstanding volunteers and Red Sweater Award recipients are Olly Ramirez, Barbara Jarzynka and Paul Younger.
The Red Sweater Awards are special to the Center because their volunteer peers are recognizing those who receive them. The Center started this tradition in 1995 at the Brighton Senior Center and in 23 years, 69 Red Sweaters have been awarded.
This year, the Center received 21 nomination forms with a total of 10 volunteers being nominated. The selection committee went through the forms and with heavy hearts, made their selection.
- Olly Ramirez has been a familiar face around Eagle View Adult Center since 2013. She’s here, she’s there, she’s everywhere! You need help, just ask. If she’s available, she says “YES!” She serves with enthusiasm and zeal. Olly loves to work in the kitchen. She works every Thursday at lunch. The center serves more than 60 people each week and she just takes charge – doing prep work, getting others involved and always sure to follow the guidelines established by VOA. She also works most special events. Olly leads the Walk On group. This volunteer duty involves leading walks once a week. She takes the time to scout locations, gives encouragement and makes walking enjoyable.
- Barbara Jarzynka is someone you can always count on. She is a good friend to the Eagle View Adult Center. She has been volunteering for over six years. Her talents are many but if you ask her what she does, she’d probably answer, “I just cook.” She has worked in the kitchen for just about every special event there is. She ran a restaurant for many years and she has shared her talents and skills with others at the center. Barbara also volunteers every Wednesday with our lunch program. She doesn’t care if she is serving food, running the dishwasher or just visiting with the folks at lunch. She never shies away from work.
- Paul Younger has been a part of Eagle View Adult Center’s driving team since 2001. He has driven thousands of miles and has always done it with a smile. Paul is courteous to all who participate. He is professional, safe and always on the alert. He is willing to speak up and make suggestions for improvements. He always comes early, has reviewed the itinerary and is ready to drive. He is willing to pick up passengers in Brighton before the trip departs and takes them home again after trips return to the Center.
The Center has 143 active volunteers who totaled 7,638 volunteers hours in 2016. To nominate a Center volunteer next year, visit its location in March to complete a nomination form. For more information, contact the Eagle View Adult Center at 303-655-2075.