The Volunteer Recognition Reception held at Eastcliff on September 17, 2014 honored the more than 200 URVC volunteers who donated over 7,900 hours of volunteer effort during the past year. Four individuals received special awards for their unique and outstanding work as volunteers.
URVC New Volunteer -- Nancy Miller
Nancy has been a URVC volunteer since September 2013. She volunteers consistently as a greeter for the Red Cross Blood Drives and is willing to fill in whenever the Red Cross has a last-minute need for a volunteer. Nancy also has volunteered with the Matter More organization which packs medical supplies for international distribution.
Volunteer of the Year -- Corin Kagen
Corin is a longtime volunteer who tutors international graduate students through the Partners-in-English program and ESL students in the Minneapolis Adult Education program for which she received commendation as an outstanding tutor. This year she also became an audio reader for the blind. Corin has contributed over 400 hours of volunteer service this year.
URVC Keystone Award -- Josephine Walaszek
Josephine has been a URVC volunteer since 1999. She is in the URVC office every Monday, calling volunteers about current projects needing their help. The URVC organization would not run as smoothly without her. Jo is also a volunteer in the canteen at the Minneapolis Red Cross Blood Donor Center.
URVC Innovator Award -- Gajendra Patel
Gajendra has been a longtime volunteer for URVC promoted projects, including Success Beyond the Classroom and the Bakken Museum. This year he created and participates in intergenerational programs in math and the arts for the St. Louis Park school district. He is a volunteer instructor of yoga, science, social science, and history at the Hopkins Charter School and high school. He is also a volunteer instructor of yoga at the Senior Day Care Center and established the "Restoring Calm" program at the Senior Community Center in Buffalo, MN. Gajendra is a teacher for the Junior Achievement program. He also established the gentle Discovery Institute, a non-profit organization, and posts a daily poem to its website.