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Hometown Hero Spotlight on Debbie Smith

Volunteer Square loves to recognize exceptional individuals that donate their time and energy to nonprofit organizations across Connecticut. These volunteers make a true impact in the lives of others. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, annual volunteer recognition events had to be canceled so we wanted to offer an alternative way to honor volunteers. We reached out to all the volunteer coordinators we work with and asked them to nominate volunteers. We are thrilled to share all the wonderful stories here and on our website, over the next several weeks. If you would like nominate a volunteer, please fill out this Nomination Form.

Hometown Hero - Debbie Smith - Human Services Council
Nominated by -Hannah Knox - Norwalk Mentor Program - HSC

Here is what Hannah had to say about Debbie:

Debbie has rallied her neighbors to help us feed families in our programs who have been affected by COVID 19. She has gathered and dropped off groceries and supplies endlessly over the last few months. In addition, she is a mentor in our program and has remained in touch with her mentee, a 3rd grader, over video chat every week.

Interview with Debbie Smith

What made you start volunteering for The Human Services Council?

Hometown Hero Spotlight on Sattie Persaud

Volunteer Square loves to recognize exceptional individuals that donate their time and energy to nonprofit organizations across Connecticut. These volunteers make a true impact in the lives of others. We are thrilled to share all the wonderful stories here and on our website. If you would like nominate a volunteer, please fill out this Nomination Form.

This week our recognition is a little different than the past few weeks. We are spotlighting Sattie Persaud, Founder of World Heritage Cultural CenterNominated by WHCC Board Member Anindita Nanda, Sattie is being recognized for both her personal volunteer work and the work she does with the organization she founded. We are thrilled to honor Sattie and hope you are inspired by reading her story. Congratulations, Sattie for the exceptional example you set with your work everyday!

Here is what Anindita had to say about Sattie:

Hometown Hero Spotlight on Nancy Shullman

Volunteer Square loves to recognize exceptional individuals that donate their time and energy to nonprofit organizations across Connecticut. These volunteers make a true impact in the lives of others. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, annual volunteer recognition events had to be canceled so we wanted to offer an alternative way to honor volunteers. We reached out to all the volunteer coordinators we work with and asked them to nominate volunteers. We are thrilled to share all the wonderful stories here and on our website, over the next several weeks. If you would like nominate a volunteer, please fill out this Nomination Form.

Hometown Hero - Nancy Shullman - Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County
Nominated by -Laura Rundell, Volunteer Coordinator at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County

Here is what Laura had to say about Nancy:

Hometown Hero Spotlight on Jack Bradley

Volunteer Square loves to recognize exceptional individuals that donate their time and energy to nonprofit organizations across Connecticut. These volunteers make a true impact in the lives of others. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, annual volunteer recognition events had to be canceled so we wanted to offer an alternative way to honor volunteers. We reached out to all the volunteer coordinators we work with and asked them to nominate volunteers. We are thrilled to share all the wonderful stories here and on our website, over the next several weeks. If you would like nominate a volunteer, please fill out this Nomination Form.

Hometown Hero - Jack Bradley, The Beardsley Zoo

Nominated by -Tracy Benham, Volunteer Coordinator at The Beardsley Zoo.

Here is what Tracy had to say about Jack:

"Jack Bradley has been an official volunteer with the Zoo for two years. Prior to that that he was a well known guest known for taking amazing photographs of the Zoo's animals which he happily shared the Zoo. As a volunteer he has contributed well over 750 hours, first as a Zoo-Friend and then becoming a Zoo-Docent a year later. He is also a member of the Zoo Council. Over the last two years, along with his wife Mel, also a Zoo-Docent, they have created the Zoo's popular Facebook Photo page which has hundreds of members. On this page, folks from all over the area post pictures of the Zoo's animals and flowers.

Update on COVID-19

Volunteer Square understands the concern over the spread of COVID-19 throughout the country and now here in Connecticut. The safety of our volunteers and community is our highest priority. If you are scheduled for a volunteer shift, please call ahead to make sure the agency is still allowing volunteers and to find out if there are additional protocols in place for people entering the building. We can all work together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following each agency's safety procedures

Some ways you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 include:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Stay home if you are sick – volunteers should call the volunteer coordinator to let them know they are sick and will not be coming in for their volunteer shift.

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