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Humane Society honors volunteers at dinner

May 07, 2009

The Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Thursday, April 29, at Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown. 

 More than 60 volunteers attended and received award certificates for volunteering from 20 to more than 4,000 hours.

"We are very grateful for the numerous hours our volunteers donate to the Humane Society," HSWC Executive Director Paul Miller said. "They are truly the lifeblood of our organization."

Marie and Bill Wampler again were honored for volunteering the most hours, accruing more than 4,000 hours at the shelter over many years.

 Volunteer Manager Margaret Becker and her assistant, Brian Filon, coordinated the dinner.

"We have over 130 active volunteers in the organization and each is special," said Becker, adding, "Collectively, over a 12-month period, our volunteers donated over 9,000 hours to the shelter." 

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Julie Gaver, a nationally recognized motivational speaker and trainer, presented "The Heart of a Champion" in recognition of the selfless donation made by each volunteer.

Door-prize winners took home flower arrangements donated by Kamelot Florists & Gifts, Jane's Flower Pot, Ellen-Joys Florists & Gifts, Jennifer's Floral Creations, Martin's Food Markets and Weis Markets.

 Volunteers perform a variety of tasks at the shelter -- cleaning, walking dogs and socializing cats, filing and entering data. For those preferring to help at off-site functions, volunteers assist at adoption events and any of the numerous fundraisers held throughout the year.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer at HSWC should fill out a volunteer application online at www.hswcmd.org or contact Margaret Becker at 301-733-2060, ext. 212. 

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