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1st Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event 2008

City Volunteers Honored

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Goodyear said "Thank You" to more than 100 volunteers who were honored during the inaugural Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on May 1, 2008 at Desert Edge High School.

Volunteers from the Goodyear Gives Back program enjoyed a special dinner catered and served by students from T-Town Bistro, Tolleson Union High School District's Culinary Arts Academy, led by their teacher and program chair, Joe Kalfus.

A highlight of the evening was a slide show featuring the remarkable people who share so generously of their time and talents. An assortment of prizes was raffled off, including Spring Training tickets for the Cleveland Indians. Speakers included Community Activist Norma Chastain, Mayor Jim Cavanaugh, City Manager John Fischbach, and Deputy City Managers Jim Nichols and Brian Dalke. With more than 300 volunteers devoting 5,000+ hours to Goodyear's Volunteer Program since July 1, 2007, the city has realized a savings of at least $100,000. These savings are based on the Points of Light standard valuation of $19.51 per hour for volunteer time.

Mayor Cavanaugh thanks the Goodyear volunteers.

Several volunteers work alongside City staff in nine different City departments during a myriad of duties. Many volunteers also help out at Goodyear's signature events like the Star Spangled 4th, Howling Halloween Bash and Holly Jolly Festival. They participate in special projects such as

Students from T-Town Bistro, Tolleson Union High School District?s Culinary Arts Academy

Norma Chastain's daughter amusing herself with patriotic clappers

Make-a-Difference Day, the Public Safety Expo, and Citizens Emergency Response Training (CERT) classes. Volunteers also give their time to work on the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Brownfields Citizen Advisory Committee, and the Public Arts and Culture Commission.

Goodyear volunteers (from left to right): PJ Miller, Janet Grundy, Jean Reynolds, Connie Long, Wally Campbell, Joe Long, Kimi Best and Cliff Van Ells

The City of Goodyear gratefully acknowledges the enormous contribution made by these exceptional volunteers.

The City of Goodyear thanks the many devoted volunteers who give back to their community.

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Last Updated: 5/18/2009


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