On April 1st, at VISTE’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) named David Deal as their 2015 Volunteer of the Year, according to Ashley Miller, VISTE Volunteer Coordinator.
“The Dr. Sam Clark Memorial Award is given to our Volunteer of the Year each year,” Miller said. “It is an incredibly tough decision to choose just one individual to call the Volunteer of the Year.” “His level of commitment is beyond any other I have seen,” she continued. “He is one of the most dedicated volunteers I have ever had the pleasure of working with.”
Deal is a retired postal worker who began volunteering with VISTE two years ago. Today, he spends five days a week volunteering at VISTE in the office. “David has become a fixture in our lives at VISTE,” Miller said. “He is family.
VISTE also recognized leaders amongst the youth in our community. The Jeffrey Perkins Memorial Award is given to a young person or group of young people who are making great strides in volunteerism in the community, particularly with VISTE. This year’s award was presented to Florida Southern College’s Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKES) Fraternity.
For nearly seven years, the PIKES have been volunteering regularly with VISTE in several capacities. “The PIKES are there whenever we need them,” Miller said. “They’re not afraid to do some of the “grunt work” and they do it with smile.”
“They are a tremendous help at our annual fundraiser, VISTEBall each year, as well as here in the warehouse and out in the field.”
One award was given to a volunteer who is also the sole caregiver to her aging father. The Elfried Pennekamp Memorial Award for Extraordinary Service is given annually to an organization or individual that has served VISTE’s clients throughout the years.
Carla Korrick has been volunteering at VISTE for over two years, and has committed several days of her week to help with a myriad of tasks in the VISTE warehouse. “Carla’s time is precious. Her duties as caregiver have got to be often exhausting, and she still comes in and works almost every day,” Miller said. “Our clients are so fortunate to have folks like Carla who are willing to spend their valuable time at VISTE.”
The last award presented was the Judy Dobbs Memorial Award which honors a VISTE Board Member for outstanding service to VISTE. The award was presented to Dan McBride, Associate Pastor at Victory Church, and 2014 VISTE Board Chair. “Dan’s extra commitment during a time of transition at VISTE went above and beyond,” said Scott McBride, VISTE Board member, and Dan’s brother.
“We often have a hard time deciding which Board member should receive this award, but this year it was pretty obvious.”
“We are fortunate to live in a community defined, in large part, by its commitment to serving others,” said Steve Bissonnette, VISTE President. “The mission of VISTE would be impossible to fulfill were it not for the generous actions of hundreds of dedicated volunteers. Volunteerism is at the heart of everything VISTE stands for and provides the means through which client services are delivered with compassionate care.”