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Chatham honors 2005 volunteers

Posted Thursday, October 20, 2005

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Pittsboro, NC - The United Way of Chatham County honored the 2005 Chatham County Outstanding Volunteers on Sunday, September 25th.

The honorees were Arlene Ash, Chatham Outreach Alliance, Keith Bastow-Cox, Rosie Batcheller, Bertha Bruton, Mary Bullington, Edith Cox, Pauline Eaves, Bob Emery, Gene Galin, Wallace Goldston, Roxane Gwyn, Christian Hackney, Victoria Hackney, Joe Hardister, Bob Hoogstoel, Bill Patchett, Dee Reid, Linda Staley, Nancy Sweet, and Beverly and Jim Wiggins.

Chatham County 2005 Outstanding Volunteer Award Honorees
Volunteer Service Descriptions

Rosie Batcheller is a Fearrington resident who has served as a volunteer office assistant for Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services (FVRC) weekly for three years. Her many contributions include working with the business manager on various projects, responding to phone inquiries, and helping to make the office a pleasant environment for clients. Rosie’s special talents for organization and her willingness to take initiative have allowed FVRC staff to meet community needs more efficiently and effectively.

Keith Bastow-Cox is an eighth-grade North Chatham School student who is being honored for his outstanding efforts to educate his peers about health issues that concern teenagers. As a member of the North Chatham P.E.P Squad, he provides information to other students in various school activities. He has also demonstrated exceptional commitment to the group’s mission of promoting healthy choices by participating in community health fairs and by reporting about the group’s activities to local sponsors.

Chatham Outreach Alliance (CORA) is an emergency food pantry which served 1,900 Chatham County families a total of 121,380 meals in 2004 through the efforts of more than seventy volunteers. For sixteen years, dedicated volunteers have helped meet their neighbors’ nutrition needs by collecting, organizing, and distributing food to individuals referred through a local network of service agencies. CORA volunteers also provide administrative help with thank you letters and recordkeeping, communications and outreach to civic and religious groups, serve as Board members, and plan special events such as the annual Chatham Hunger walk.

Council on Aging Lunch Bunch Volunteers (Arlene Ash, Bertha Bruton,
Mary Bullington, Pauline Eaves, Linda Staley, Nancy Sweet) This group of six volunteers have served the Council on Aging for a collective total of 23 years, averaging about 12 hours per week per volunteer last year. Members of this high-energy team set up the dining room for on-site congregate meals each weekday, take reservations, set up the food line, greet diners, and assist them as needed. Their contributions go beyond serving a hot, nutritious meal to seniors because they make it an enjoyable and stimulating activity for diners, many who have limited opportunities to visit with others outside of home. These talented, outgoing, and compassionate ladies help lift seniors’ spirits, and the personal attention given to each client encourages discussions about personal or health concerns, sometimes encouraging proactive interventions by professional staff. Lunch Bunch volunteers serve Chatham County’s senior adults and their families in an outstanding way, helping the Council on Aging to understand and provide for their needs.

Edith Cox is a Moncure resident who has served as an active Board member with the Chatham Coalition for Adolescent Health for the past two years. As a retired nurse, she has committed exceptional energy to connecting young people through their school, their families, and their church communities with health information to help reduce the incidence of teen pregnancy.

Christine DeGraffenreidt is a Pittsboro resident and Chatham Council on Aging volunteer of many talents. She can be found doing whatever needs to be done, from delivering meals, assisting with wellness programs and special events, and administrative tasks such as reception and mailings. Each week Christine averages about 15 hours, regularly supporting fitness, art, and nutrition programs and helping staff to do the “extra” things that couldn’t be done without dedicated volunteers like her.

Bob Emery is a Pittsboro resident who has courageously served for over five years as the Cole Park PTA Thrift Shop’s “Drop Box King,” spending 15-20 hours per week transporting donated items from their drop off donation receptacle in the parking lot into the store and sorting them for other volunteers to process. This is one of the shop’s most vital and challenging volunteer roles, since items are often heavy and in poor condition. Although other dedicated volunteers perform this duty occasionally, most of the time Bob cheerfully handles this responsibility, on a regular schedule and he frequently takes the initiative to assist as needed during times of high volume, helping to protect the resale value of items from being lost due to extended outdoor exposure. Moreover, he provides technical expertise by repairing many of the donated items and the store facility itself as needed in order to further maximize the store’s revenue potential.

Gene Galin is a Pittsboro resident who has demonstrated his commitment to public service by utilizing his considerable technical skills to establish several cyberspace tools that Chatham county’s residents can use to exchange ideas and information. These include the Chatham Chatlist distributed to over 1,000 readers several times per week, the Chatham online website and bulletin boards that facilitate the exchange of information about public events, schools, neighbor-to-neighbor news, and free classified/help wanted notices, and a monthly publication the Chatham Journal. Gene’s vision and ongoing commitment of many hours each week since 1993 to nurture these tools have yielded a “virtual democracy” that enables Chatham County’s residents with internet access to easily and efficiently connect with each other across distance and time. In addition, Gene has continued to help build Chatham County’s future by serving for many years on Chatham County public water and strategic planning boards.

Wallace Goldston is a Siler City resident who for the last three years has provided leadership to establish the Voices for Action community improvement organization’s nonprofit status. As Board Chairman, he has fostered positive change by shaping the group’s mission, sharing its message with residents in the Lincoln Heights and surrounding areas, and helping to implement programs that strengthen the community such as clean up programs, an intergenerational senior-youth prom, and encouraging action on important public needs such as transportation and housing for individuals with unmet physical and emotional needs. Wallace also serves the community by becoming training with the CERT emergency responsiveness program, and he has been involved with First Missionary Baptist Church programs for many years.

Roxane Gwyn has volunteered with Family Wellness and Recovery Services of NC in many capacities since over the past eight years. As a volunteer in this agency’s earliest years, she has served in many capacities, including leadership roles as Board President and Secretary. Roxane successfully facilitated this residential treatment facility’s growth by assisting with strategic planning, public awareness, and fundraising activities, also generously giving of her time to support direct services to clients with car rides, child care, and homemade gifts for residents and their children. Roxane’s sustained involvement is noteworthy given that she also serves in a volunteer leadership role with Chatham Outreach Alliance (CORA Food Pantry) and recently began graduate studies.

Christian and Victoria Hackney are a brother and sister team from the Bear Creek area who for the last seven years have volunteered with their Mother and the Council on Aging to bring joy to homebound seniors each Christmas by singing for them and delivering food, gifts, and hugs. Many of these seniors rarely have visitors in their homes, and thus they eagerly look forward to seeing these young volunteers who care enough to share gifts of the heart every year. Christian is a fifth grader at Bennett Elementary who loves to lift people’s spirits with music, and Victoria is a third grader at Bennett Elementary whose generous spirit also exemplifies a maturity beyond her years. This past year, their infant sister Anna Grace also accompanied them, continuing a family tradition of volunteerism that is indeed outstanding.

Joe Hardister is a Siler City resident who has volunteered over 800 hours over the past six years as a Program Support Volunteer with UNC Hospice. He has professionally applied his considerable skills to complete many routine administrative tasks, thus enabling staff to be more available to provide direct services to families with terminally ill relatives. His volunteer activities have included phone reception, setting up and maintaining databases, and preparing materials for patients and volunteers. Joe’s reliability, compassionate manner, and sense of humor have supported UNC Hospice’s staff and clients tremendously over the years.

Bob Hoogstoel is a Fearrington resident is a member of the Council on Aging’s Board of Directors who has volunteered for three years in many service areas. He has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to working with home-bound seniors in the Home Delivered Meals by not only offering friendly visiting and nutritious meals, but also to assist them with simple household tasks and home repairs. As a participant in the wellness program, he is always willing to substitute for an absent instructor in addition to regularly helping with equipment set up that allows the multi-purpose room to be used for both exercise and nutrition. Bob also offers his leadership as a Board member and has devoted his time and talents to outreach activities to help more Chatham residents learn about and support the Council’s services.

Bill Patchett is a Governor’s Club resident who has provided outstanding service with Chatham Habitat for Humanity over the past five years. His many leadership roles have included President of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Construction Committee. Bill’s vision and cooperative leadership style inspired many others to lend their time and talents to this nonprofit organization whose mission is to affordable housing for low-income families in Chatham County. Bill’s talents in the areas of strategic planning, organizational development, finance, fundraising, ambassadorship, volunteer recruitment, and carpentry have helped Habitat to reach new levels in land acquisition, infrastructure construction, and home production. During his leadership tenure, Habitat completed 22 houses for families in need, more than it finished in its 11 year history prior to 2001.

Dee Reid is a Pittsboro resident who has dedicated many hours to improving the lives of local youth by serving with Chatham County Together! as a Mentor and Board Chair. Dee has been an outstanding companion to a local youth for the past five years, exceeding the minimum time commitments and level of involvement in order to support her mentee’s progress in school and beyond. She has provided emotional and logistical support for this student’s school projects and extracurricular activities, developed positive connections with her extended family, and introduced her to new things by attending public events, volunteering together with her in the community, and helping her to master life skills –such as driving –that will help her on the road to future successes.

Drs. Bev and Jim Wiggins are a husband and wife team who volunteer approximately twenty hours per week year-round to coordinate the popular Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library Fall and Spring book sales. Since 2001, they have applied their exceptional administrative and people skills to recruit and organize the activities of more than fifty volunteers, increased book donation, developed innovative ways to market the sale to a wider audience, and successfully created collaborative relationships with other community groups such as the Pittsboro Kiwanis. Bev and Jim’s leadership has tripled this fundraising program’s proceeds to $24,000 a year, funds that have been used to increase library offerings for adults and children such as the Community Reads, book clubs, and the BookMobile and to benefit all patrons by supporting physical improvements of to the library building.


WHEREAS, these outstanding Chatham County Volunteers have distinguished themselves by their sustained commitment of time, talent and good will for the betterment of Chatham County.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Chatham County Board of Commissioners that we do hereby honor and commend these outstanding volunteers for their dedication and service:

Adopted this, the 19th day of September, 2005.
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Bunkey Morgan, Chariman Thomas J. Emerson, Vice Chair
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Patrick Barnes, Commissioner Mike Cross, Commissioner
Carl Outz, Commissioner

For more information about volunteer opportunities, call the United Way at 542-1110 or go to[/i]

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