Exceptional volunteers receive Rescue Mission awards for service

A special ceremony was held Wednesday morning at the Rescue Mission's Emergency Shelter in Youngstown

The Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley honored seven exceptional volunteers during a special ceremony on Wednesday morning.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley honored seven exceptional volunteers during a special ceremony on Wednesday morning.

The ceremony was held at the Emergency Shelter on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Youngstown. Each of the honorees received the Rescue Mission’s highest volunteer honor — the “Servant’s Heart” Award.

Those people receiving the award for their exceptional volunteer efforts are:

Photo courtesy of the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley.
Photo courtesy of the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley.
  • Rick Blair, III: a long-time advocate, who donates his time and shares his musical gifts on Sunday mornings and on holidays and special occasions. The Mission said he “truly moves the mission,” and he recently took on a challenge to raise $29,193 for the ministry while training for this year’s Boston Marathon.
  • Madison Goske: a volunteer who came on as an intern and stayed as a volunteer, because “she has a passion” for the ministry. The Mission said she helps out about 30 hours a week in the social services department, helping with clients.
  • Becky Long: a reliable volunteer who works with family services’ clients. The Mission said she “goes above and beyond every time.”
  • Sharon Moser: helps in the family services department to assist when there is only one staff member on duty. The Mission said she is helpful and “truly has a heart for those who are here at the Mission” and that she “continuously encourages and gives great advice.”
  • Kristi Schmitz: a reliable volunteer who lightens the load on the kitchen staff and works steady eight-hour days. The Mission said she “prepares great-tasting food and is outgoing and pleasant to everyone.”
  • Sandi Love and Jacci Bradley: The Mission said, “These two lovely ladies bring joy to our dining hall as they cheerfully have served meals to our clients for years. Sandi and Jacci are fun, helpful and selfless, and they make every client feel welcome and important at the Mission.”

Lynn Wyant, director of development at the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley said the award originated in 2006 to honor one exceptional volunteer — Barbara Clark, who has since passed away — but the awards have expanded since that time.

“She inspired others, and she inspired us, so it was decided that we would create a special honor to give to our most dedicated volunteers,” Wyant said. “Every year, hundreds of individuals and groups give sacrificially of their time to help the Rescue Mission. Annually, the Mission receives nearly 25,000 hours of donated volunteer time and sincerely appreciates each and every volunteer.”

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