Research strongly associates volunteering to stronger communities, measurable health benefits, individual academic achievement and community participation. Below is but a small attempt to begin recognizing the volunteers who have given of their time and resources to Flint.
The City of Flint Volunteer Appreciation Dinner took place Thursday, October 17th at the Masonic Temple. Dawn Jones, ABC 12 News Anchor/Reporter, was the Keynote speaker. Other guests included Republic Services’ General Manager, Bob Borchers, and Arnold Brown. The picture below show Chief James Tolbert with Southside Service Center Volunteer Alberta Douglas with Mayor Walling, Republic’s Arnold Brown and Bob Borchers in the background).
Honored volunteers included Becky Butcher, President and CEO of NBC25, CW46, and miNBCnews.com and Neille Giffune, Channel 25’s Assistant News Director (shown to the left here) who led a Channel 25 team cleanup in May this year.
Lynn Motter (left) volunteers at Police Headquarters; Carma Lewis is the Flint Neighborhoods United FaceBook editor. David Martin (Center Photo) volunteers for Back to the Bricks, assisting with crowd and traffic control.
Traci Austin volunteers at City Hall and the Police Department with her here is husband Paul (also a volunteer) Mom, Judy and family friend, Sandy.
Judge William Crawford. Inspired by a host of community volunteers, 68th District Court Judge William H. Crawford, II recently completed the 6 week program to become an official member of the Blue Badge Volunteer Corps.
The program hosted by the City of Flint, is held at the Flint Police Department’s Police Academy. Filled by volunteers, the program teaches all manner of neighborhood and community safety.Flint police instructor Tanya Meeks and a wide variety of guest speakers teach volunteers basic terminology, first aid awareness, conflict avoidance and report taking along with other matters.
Those who complete the program are certified to assist at police mini-stations, help direct traffic and act as eyes and ears in their neighborhoods.
The program strongly emphasizes personal safety and leaving all conflict resolution to trained law enforcement personnel. Judge Crawford became involved in the program to learn what was being taught and to see how he could help in these trying times. Crawford was most impressed by the professionalism of the instructors and the enthusiasm and dedication of his classmates. He noted that all of those involved, many of whom live outside of the city, were completely focused on making our city safer and stemming the tide of crime and violence. Judge Crawford highly recommends the program to those looking for ways to help in their community.
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