United Way honors Clayton County volunteers

From Staff Reports

Acknowledging all the honorees have done for the Clayton County community, the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta hosted its annual Clayton County Volunteer Recognition Dinner Thursday at Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro.

"This simply would not be happening without Georgia Power and Bell South sponsoring it," says Rita Hand of the United Way of Metro Atlanta satellite division in McDonough. "This is their 25th volunteer recognition."

Addressing the humility of those honored, Hand said, "Virtually everyone I contact is amazed they were selected. They never think they've done anything special."

Hand is eager to have the public understand that "without these folks that volunteer many of these agencies wouldn't exist, or if they did exist, their services would be drastically cut. Meals on Wheels, through donations, government grants, etc., the food is provided, but they rely heavily on volunteers to get it out to the people."

Former State Representative Greg Hecht served as Master of Ceremonies and Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell and Cathy Ratti of Clayton County Department of Family & Children Services presented the awards.

The honorees include Jacqueline Fears of the American Red Cross; Jean Yorke of Youth Under Construction; Tramecia Garner of the Southern Crescent Sexual Assault Center; Vinell Ponder of the Shelnutt Senior Center; Bonnie Smith and Ruth Jones of Samaritans Together for Clayton County; the UPS Supply Chain Solution Group for their participation in and contribution to the Meals on Wheels program; Brad Carter and Robert Boyer of Judicial Citizens Review Panel, Juvenile Court; Frances Parks and Betty Green of Girl Scouts; Frances Sellars and Elizabeth Copenhaver of Clayton County Department of Family & Children Services; Charlotte Silvestri and Pastor Chris Gilliam of Clayton Center Behavioral Health Services; Carrie Rich and Dottie Geldbaugh of Victim Witness Assistance Program, DA's Office; S.N. Parti and Denny Spaulding of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity; Sharon Beattie and Verlene Brown of Securus House; Virginia McCollum of Office of Child Support Recovery; Havanah Bailey and Aubrey Hunt of Keep Clayton County Beautiful; Terrence Sewell and Tzarriel Spencer of Hearts to Nourish Hope; Quen Howard and Arthur Grant of F.A.S.T. Panel, Juvenile Court; Eunice Farris and Lovette Bennett of Clayton County CASA; Donna Parker and Pete Hughie of Arts Clayton County; Barbara Crane and Dr. Faith Andrews of American Cancer Society.