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Our Volunteers… “Have the Heart”

Elizabeth Andrew, Team Leader for Habitat for Humanity, said “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”

We totally agree. So on June 14, we celebrated the kind hearts of the Power of Flower Volunteers at our Second Annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch held at the Tewksbury Country Club.

Over 65 volunteers attended the festive event.

After a lovely meal, Joyce B. gave a short presentation of how far POF has come from its humble beginnings in her basement in Dunstable with just a handful of volunteers to its current location at the Tewksbury Hospital Campus with over 150 volunteers.

Joyce recognized several of the volunteers who logged more than 400 hours during the year:

    Barb B.
    Rita B.
    Maria F.
    Barbara M.
    Cindy V.

…and several volunteers who have logged more than 500 hours:

    Lois A.
    Joyce B.
    Linda C.
    Jane R.
    Kali W.

Liz J., this year’s recipient of the coveted Pink Apron Award was announced. Pink is one of the POF logo colors and the apron is awarded twice a year to someone who demonstrates outstanding dedication, generosity, and effort in carrying out the mission of the POF project. You can read more about Liz and The Pink Apron Award in the blog post “ And the Winner Is… (Drumroll).

Joyce introduced Leslie K. our new Executive Director. Although her official start date wasn’t until June 19, Leslie was on hand to meet the volunteers and join in the camaraderie and fun. Read more about Leslie in an upcoming blog post.

Before all attendees packed up their prizes and headed home, a collection of useful items was presented to a “safe house” shelter for battered women and their children. Many of the women arrive at the house with little but the clothes on their backs and are in need of essentials… soap, shampoo, toiletries, clothing, etc. When POF heard of the urgent need, they rallied and contributed many of the items requested. Representatives of the safe house were very grateful and overwhelmed at the outpouring of support POF had for their residents.

With sincere are heartfelt thanks to our Volunteers for all that you do and for having so much heart.