Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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April 30, 2012

Human Services awards it Volunteer of the Year

Greensburg — At its Annual meeting April 18, at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds, Human Services Inc. (HSI), an Indiana Community Action Agency, presented its 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award to Ron Wade of Greensburg.

Ron is our lead volunteer with the HSI Decatur County Food Pantry. He has been a steady volunteer for nearly a year and has yet to miss a Pantry date. He's dedicated, loyal, and dependable, and can be quite the jokester; his sense of humor is welcome and appreciated by staff and clients alike.

Ron moved to Greensburg from Tennessee with his wife, Juanita, around 4 years ago; Juanita is also an HSI volunteer. The couple participated in Pantry Services when they needed it. One day, Ron saw that staff could use some help, and he and his wife asked to become volunteers with the Food Pantry. The County Director guided them through volunteer orientation and training, and the couple has been volunteering ever since.

Ron, a retired Truck Driver, Logistics material handler, security guard and volunteer fireman, has also been a Scout Master for 22 years. In Scouts, he achieved the highest badge award that an adult can achieve.

He's an avid IU basketball and Indianapolis Colts fan. When not helping with the HSI Food Pantry, he also volunteers at Greensburg Wesleyan Church several hours a week.

Ron is the type of man who sees a need, knows he has some time to give and then gives with open arms, asking for nothing in return. Some of the continuous tasks he has done include, going to Walmart in Greensburg to pick up rescue food every week, and assisting with the sorting, organizing and distribution of food on Pantry days. He helps stock the shelves, carry heavy loads for those who cannot and keeps a happy face É..on even the most challenging of Panty distribution days.

Decatur County staff and clients truly appreciate him and his untiring dedication to help Decatur County's needy.

He's truly a volunteer of the year!

HSI covers a 5 county area, including Decatur, Shelby, Johnson, Jackson and Bartholomew Counties. HSI offers programs and assistance to low-income families in areas such as the TEFAP Food Pantry, Section 8 housing, Weatherization, Foreclosure Prevention and Rapid Rehousing for the Homeless.

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