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DOVE, Inc.’s Volunteer Coordinator/Children’s Services Advocate Pamela Niemi hugs Dave Winkowski while presenting him with a basket in appreciation for the 300 plus hours he volunteered in the past year.
IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP — DOVE Inc. celebrated its 35 active volunteers on Tuesday night at the Elk and Hound. The theme of the evening was “Planting the seeds of kindness.”
DOVE Inc. also has a seven-member board of directors which helps to guide the agency in its mission. Board members include Andrew Digiorgio, Pete Matonich, Candy Pogliano, Mike Rimkus, Jane Baker, Yvonne Novascone and Gary Olkonen.
“It is because of them that we can do what we do,” said Pamela Niemi, Volunteer Coordinator and Children’s Advocate. “They are very caring and give up their time without asking for anything in return. They really jump in wherever needed.”
In 2012, volunteers provided 1,636 hours of direct service, or working with clients, and 1,694 hours of indirect service, mostly through the Bingo program, said executive director Diane Jaskie.
“You don’t know how much we appreciate your dedication and efforts,” Jaskie told the volunteers.
Niemi said DOVE Inc. is seeing an influx of younger volunteers. The agency gets volunteers through local high schools, including Hurley and Ironwood football teams participating in the annual Night Walk.
Mary Kay Czerneski is retiring from her volunteer role, and received a special thank you from Niemi.
Dave Winkowski was recognized for providing over 300 volunteer hours, both working directly with clients and as Bingo caller.
The evening included a social hour, a dinner and an award ceremony. Each volunteer received a gift and a certificate of appreciation.