Time Out recently crowned Ray Kinsman its male volunteer of the year and Judi Freegard, as the female volunteer of the year, during a luncheon to honor their volunteers.
Last year, 161 Time Out Shelter volunteers donated more than 18,152 hours of their time.
These volunteers are often the first faces victims see when they enter the shelter. They are also the last faces they see when they transition out of the shelter and start their new lives.
On April 10, Time Out staff honored these volunteers with a Mexican Fiesta luncheon.
The day was also the beginning of the 2011 National Volunteer Appreciation Week.
“What an appropriate time for Time Out’s annual volunteer appreciation luncheon,” said Cindy Long, program support specialist with Time Out, Inc. in an e-mail.
Time Out’s volunteers serve at the shelter, thrift shop and transitional housing.
“Time Out is extremely blessed to have such a talented, giving group of men and women willing to donate their time and talents to further the mission,” Long said.
“It is the mission of Time Out, Inc., to help individuals break the cycle of abuse in their lives.”
Kinsman has worked with the shelter from its opening. He currently delivers food and other items from an area business to the shelter three days a week.
This is Freegard’s first year with Time Out. “Judi has racked up enough hours volunteering to be in the top 10 for most hours worked last year,” Long said.
“Judi is Time Out’s ‘animal queen.’ She manages to bring style and character to the stuffed animals donated to the shop and shelter with her fun, decorating flair.”