The Grande Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service was established in honor of Ray and Judy Grande, longtime, dedicated volunteers of Loaves & Fishes. This award recognizes an individual who has gone above the call of duty in serving the mission of the Pantry. It honors a person who has made an extraordinary gift of time and skills, who has been with the organization for many years, and who is responsible, flexible and represents our diversity as an organization. This person is a leader and deserves our deepest gratitude for the countless ways he or she serves our clients.
This year’s recipient is Aldea Choquette! She is a very special lady who has truly made an impact this past year. She has been dependable, flexible, a very hard worker and a cheerleader for the Pantry – the true definition of a leader. Her kindness and compassion is unmatched and we are very fortunate to have her on our team.
The Charlanne VanWormer Award honors an individual who has made volunteering a focal point in their life. Like Charlanne, in whose memory this award has been established, they give selflessly of themselves to the community including Loaves & Fishes. They are compassionate, generous and always willing to lend a hand.
This year’s recipient, Scott Lewis, embodies everything this award stands for! At Loaves & Fishes, he has been a Board member, chaired our Community Outreach & Relations Committee, provided professional marketing and website skills, spearheaded our database conversion project and been a fundraiser. His resume in the community is equally impressive. He has been a volunteer for the Great Food Walk and the Appleman Triathlon, served on the Littleton Economic Development Committee and the Littleton Conservation Trust, been a mentor and instructor for Entrepreneurship for All, developed websites and managed communications for many local non-profits. He even finds the time to host inner city children from New York at his home each summer!