(April 26, 2013) The City of Frisco on Thursday celebrated the contributions of its most enthusiastic volunteers, people who spend hundreds of hours a year making the community a safer, cleaner, happier place to live.
At the sixth annual Municipal Volunteer Program ‘MVP’ Appreciation Reception – scheduled to coincide with National Volunteer Month – nearly 100 volunteers mingled with City Council members and other local officials. The volunteers received invitations after contributing from 10 to 550 hours of service in the past year.
“Every year, I’m even more impressed than the year before by the volunteer forces we’re blessed to have in our city,” Mayor Maher Maso said. “To have 4,317 registered volunteers, for a community of approximately 130,000 people, is nothing short of incredible!”
All of the honorees received a certificate of appreciation, and several individuals were recognized for outstanding efforts. Judy Clark was Volunteer of the Year, recognized for her 550 hours helping the Frisco Public Library in the past year.
Among the other award recipients were: John Shaw, Teen Volunteer of the Year; Elizabeth Schlapp, who received the Gold Award; Bob King, the Silver Award winner; Steve Kair, who earned the Spirit Award; and Gary Sextro, Rookie of the Year.
The city’s list of “active” municipal volunteers has grown to 1,672. Collectively, they donated 22,639 hours of their time. Based on the average hourly rate for independent sector workers, this time is worth more than half a million dollars.
The work of volunteers is evident throughout Frisco - at the Frisco Public Library, where they help stock shelves; at Fire Safety Town, where they teach children important safety tips; throughout neighborhoods and public spaces, watched over by Citizens on Patrol; and at the Senior Center, where they help with programming and events.
Last weekend, a record number of volunteers turned out for Frisco’s annual “Clean It & Green It.” More than 2,000 people pre-registered to pick up trash throughout the city, and many others showed up to help out. Other volunteers also spent hours in recent weeks building the new Hope Park and rebuilding Friendship Park.