"President's Volunteer Service Award" given to two Menifee Valley Community Cupboard Volunteers

Two volunteers at the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard (MVCC), Yvette Moran and Shirley Winkelman, received special letters from President Barack Obama and were presented with the "President's Volunteer Service Award" for their service to our community and more specifically to the MVCC.

Yvette has been a volunteer for almost 10 years, and Shirley, for over 3 years. (Pictured here is Yvette (in red blouse) with Joe Smolinski (President of the MVCC Board of Directors), and Sandra Aldridge (MVCC Executive Director).

The purpose of this award, as cited on it's website http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/ , says that "Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime."

In addition to acknowledging the efforts of these two wonderful ladies, over 50 other volunteers and staff at the Community Cupboard were appreciated last night at a Christmas Dinner held in their honor at Boston Billies Restaurant.

I had the priviledge of meeting several wonderful people at this event, one of which was a delightful man, "Izzy" Rodriguez, seen here showing off his specially requested dinner.

It was a lovely evening and I left with a warm heart, thankful for people like these who always find the time to give of themselves as they help to serve their fellow man.


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