Judy Bowles, executive director of Keep Albany-Dougherty County Beautiful, photographs some of the organization’s award winners, along with Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, at the 24th annual Cheers To Our Volunteers Celebration Luncheon on Thursday. Bowles said volunteers contributed more than 208,000 hours of community time last year. (Jan. 24, 2013)
ALBANY, Ga. -- Ann Brim-Streat was "talking trash" Thursday at the 24th annual Cheers To Our Volunteers Celebration Luncheon, presented by Keep Albany-Dougherty County Beautiful, a local environmental organization. She was also talking graffiti, electronics disposal, drug disposal, storm drain markers, tree planting and environmental education.
Brim-Streat was there, she said, to commend the more than 34,000 volunteers, who in 2012 performed 208,744 hours of community service, valued at $5,383,643. The event, sponsored by The Darsey Family Foundation and Heritage Bank of the South, took place in the meeting room of the Albany Civic Center and was attended by more than 400 KADB volunteers.
"We started out with just 5,000 volunteers, and this year we have more than 100,000," said Judy Bowles, executive director of KADB. "The community has embraced improvement of the environment. We're thankful for that and we're blessed for it. It's astounding, when I pull the figures, the hours (our volunteers) give, and the improvements that they make."
Brim-Streat announced winners of the organization's 2012 Environmental Awards, which were presented by Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard.
Those receiving awards included Clean Business Award, Westover Animal Hospital; Organization Award, Turner Job Corps Center; Beautification Award, Pine Lake Neighborhood Association; Litter Abatement Award, MillerCoors; Government Award, the Albany Transit System; Communications Award, The Metro Gazette; Volunteer of the Year, Carlos Phillips; The Mayor's Call to Service Award, Winterwood Neighborhood Association.
In the category of government, Public Works Employee of the Year for Albany was Sedrick Roundtree. For Dougherty County, the award went to Jorden D. Walker.
Solid Waste Division Employee of the Year for Albany was Elijah Yarbrough. For Dougherty County, the award went to John Mathis.
"Through Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful, public and private volunteer-driven efforts with businesses, industry, churches, schools and individuals have all joined hands as environmental partners," KADB Commission Chair Jeanette Henderson said in her closing remarks. "You and others like you have continued to keep our partnerships strong."