Volunteer Recieves Presidential Volunteer Service Award

Judith Jodon Kimberlin was presented with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for 2013 for her efforts at United Way of Blair County. Robin Beck, executive director, presented the lapel pins, certificate and letter from the President at the organization’s May 22 board meeting. Judith received the Gold Level Award, and the President’s Call to Service Award.

The Presidential Volunteer Service Award was established in 2003 by The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) to recognize the contribution that volunteers make in the community and to encourage others to volunteer. The Award recognizes "United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States who have attained the required hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime".

The Gold Level award is achieved when a volunteer reaches 500 hours of service or more over the course of a 12-month period. The President’s Call to Service Award is achieved by providing 4,000 hours or more of volunteer service over a lifetime. Judy was honored for 7,335 hours of service during the five-year period from 2009-2013. She had 1,626 hours in 2013 far exceeding the 500 hours required for an annual gold recognition service pin.

“Judy is a wonderful help, said Robin Beck. “Without volunteers, especially such dedicated ones, United Way of Blair County could not make the impact it does in our community. It’s almost like having an additional full-time person to help get the work done. And United Way is not the only one that benefits from Judy’s energy and generosity. She volunteers at McAuliffe Heights Program at Irving School, donates platelets through the American Red Cross and mans the telephones during fundraising drives for the Public Broadcasting System. We hope Judy’s service will inspire others to change the world, starting right here in Blair County. Everyone can do something to make a difference.”