Daniel L. Smith
Director of Development
(New Providence, IA) – On Thursday, June 30, Quakerdale held a Volunteer Reception in the Broer Commons at their New Providence campus. Volunteers from various Quakerdale ministries came together to celebrate the power of volunteering, to recognize the 2015 Q-Award Nominees, and to honor the 2015 Volunteer of the Year by presenting them the Q-Award.
Established in 1979, the Quakerdale Q-Award annually recognizes and honors individuals who have enhanced the organization’s mission through significant and/or unique volunteer contributions. Q-Award recipients are nominated by Quakerdale staff and selected by the Board of Trustees. Ministry directors are asked to consider special non-staff individuals who they believe made a significant contribution either directly or indirectly through raising funds, hands-on physical work, or in some other way partnering with them by sharing their time, talents, and/or treasures. All nominees are invited to and recognized at the Volunteer Reception held in June. The recipient of the Q-Award is announced at this event.
“Terry is a tireless volunteer for home Eagle Basketball games keeping the score book. Terry has done this for at least four years and maybe longer. Many times Terry will keep the book for three back-to-back games…meaning almost six hours of nonstop action to keep track of. Terry also volunteers with the maintenance department every Tuesday and many weeks more often than that.”
“Sammie Stephens and her family have always helped with chores at Wolfe Ranch, usually just on Sundays. With the staff change and all that was happening in 2015, Sammie took on chores 6 days a week. She went above and beyond the call of duty by also helping with camps over the summer. The Stephens family is a vital and cherished part of the volunteer group at Wolfe Ranch.”
Samantha was unable to attend. Receiving on her behalf was Rochelle Stephens.
Riley Farland, Facility Manager, Wolfe Ranch
Patti Downs, Programs & Services, Waterloo Campus
“For the past couple years Quakerdale has partnered with Patti Downs to have a garden. Patti is the garden manager and works with a couple ladies from Food Corp. Laura McInerney and Grace Margherio are both Food Corps service members working mostly with the Waterloo public schools and community organizations to engage children in learning about nutrition, cooking, and gardening. These ladies come weekly to work with our clients in the garden and then at lunch time, show the clients different ways to prepare vegetables and then eat with them. This has been a real positive experience for the clients and they seem to enjoy eating something that they have helped grow.”
Leah Churchill, Leader of Operations, Waterloo
Ray Schumacher, Facilities, New Providence Campus
“Ray has dutifully worked each week on our maintenance volunteer day operating and maintaining the floor polisher. Ray is easy to work with and has even done research for the project on his own initiative. The polisher weighs several hundred pounds and grinds the cement to a polished finish through repeated trips across the surface. Ray has logged countless hours polishing floors in the Broer addition making a surface that will last for decades!”
“Jean and the Route 55 group from Orchard Hill serve at our Waterloo campus by teaching skills training to our youth. They have hosted a game night, a Mary Kay health & beauty demo, provided a Social time at Slife cottage, worked in flower beds with residents, provided an evening meal, worked in the Community Garden with Patti Downs most Thursday mornings, facilitated a Thanksgiving Meal cooking event, and even showed residents how to sew Christmas stockings. Jean also worked with UNI student volunteers to provide a Financial Literacy class.”
Jean was unable to attend. Receiving on her behalf was Dave Holm.
Bob has been an absolute blessing for Hope4Healing. He would be embarrassed for us to say this, but he is the role model we mention to other church communities considering Hope4Healing. We would like a person like Bob in every community we serve.
He has a very genuine love for people, giving them what they need not just fulfilling a request. He allows them to do what they can for themselves, empowering them to take more control of their lives. At the same time he reacts with “grace” when bad decisions are made, offering forgiveness and perseverance rather than condemnation or giving up. His is a stance of hope, keeping focused on possibilities for positive change.
Bob expects similar attitudes from his team. He has conscientiously selected the members of his team, realizing such a ministry is not for everyone. When things don’t go well within the team, Bob is willing to make the difficult decisions. He is also a source of emotional support for his team, offering guidance when needed. At the same time he is not reluctant to brainstorm with others to find the best solutions to difficult situations. He seeks guidance and support from the Heartland Vineyard pastoral team when circumstances are such that their support is needed. He has a willingness to accept the decision of the church leadership even when the decision they make is not what he originally thought he wanted. He has the humility to share decision making. Bob has managed to lead his team even amidst his own deep personal losses and chronic health issues.