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Governor’s Award for Service and Volunteerism goes to Hallowell man

Posted April 25, 2013, at 11:58 a.m.
 (l-r) John Eckert, wife Lisa Eckert, and nominator Lynda Johnson at the Governor’s Award for Service and Volunteerism.
(l-r) John Eckert, wife Lisa Eckert, and nominator Lynda Johnson at the Governor’s Award for Service and Volunteerism.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Spectrum Generations is pleased to announce that John Eckert of Hallowell was selected as Volunteer of the Year for the 2013 Governor’s Award for Service and Volunteerism. He was presented with his award by Maine’s First Lady Ann LePage at a ceremony on April 24th in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta.

Since 1987, the Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism has celebrated and recognized the exemplary work of Maine’s most dedicated citizens. This award program, administered jointly by the Maine Commission for Community Service and the Governor’s Office, recognizes and honors the valuable contributions of Maine’s extraordinary volunteers while inspiring others to follow their example.

John joined Spectrum Generations Volunteer Corp at the Cohen Community Center in February 2010. He retired as a Veterans Administration Benefits Program Coordinator in 2010 and before that spent 26 years in the Armed Forces.

“Spectrum Generations provided just the right opportunity for me to volunteer,” John states, “If we (the volunteers) can touch just one person every day, then it is worth all the work we do. I enjoy giving back and knowing that I make a difference!”

Since 2010, John has gifted 2,000 hours of service to his community through Spectrum Generations, as a Meals on Wheels and community lunch program volunteer.

“John is truly a local hero!” says Lynda Johnson, Volunteer Liaison at the Cohen Community Center, in a press release. “He is completely dedicated to taking care of people most in need, as well as the success of his fellow volunteers in our Meals on Wheels and Nutrition Program.”

Timing is everything in order to accomplish the task of feeding about 310 homebound seniors.  John guides his fellow volunteers through the preparation process with relative ease and finesse. He sets the tone for other volunteers and takes the process seriously.  Considered the Lead Packer, John arrives early, early in the morning to set up the Meals on Wheels work station and calculate the correct amount of meals that need to be packed that morning.  His leadership capabilities enable John to make quick decisions when faced with any dilemma and the ability to keep the process going seamlessly. John continually goes the extra mile and is always willing to help. He is the first person to take on any duty needed to “get the job done.”

John, along with fellow Spectrum Generations volunteer Annabelle Curtis, was also listed on the Governor’s Roll of Honor. The Roll of Honor recognizes volunteers who donated 500 hours or more of documented service to the community in the year.

Spectrum Generations Volunteer Corp is a dedicated group of vibrant people and is continually growing. This past year, 768 individuals volunteered 42,220 hours of their time partnering with Spectrum Generations to serve their community.

 

If you or your group are interested in becoming part of the Spectrum Generations Volunteer Corp, or would like to make a donation to our programs, contact Jamie Ribisi-Braley at 207-620-1677; or www.spectrumgenerations.org/volunteer.

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