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Rose Cologne Volunteer Recognition Dinner | Honoring those who serve others

Thirty-five volunteers will be honored at the 2015 Rose Cologne Volunteer Recognition Dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

The event takes its name from the first Volunteer of the Year Award winner. Cologne was presented with the award April 6, 1973. All the agencies of the Centre County Council for Human Services Inc. nominated at least one volunteer. They are featured below.

Erin Bingham

Agency: Centre County Women’s Resource Center

Length of service: 2 years

Roles: answers hotline calls, responds to sexual assaults, taught yoga to CCWRC clients and staff

Rod Burnham

Agency: SCORE Central Pennsylvania, Chapter 618

Length of service: 2 1/2 years

Roles: certified mentor for business startups and small business, public relations chairman

Why do you volunteer? “A desire to help individuals attempting to start or grow small businesses with practical marketing and sales advice based on my 43 years of management and sales experience in the commercial radio, newspaper and television industries.”

Star Campbell

Agency: Center for Alternatives in Community Justice

Length of service: 9 years

Roles: member of youth aid panel

Why do you volunteer? “When I heard about the Youth Aid Panel program I immediately wanted to be a part of it. YAP offers children/teens a chance to reflect upon and help pay back the community for a wrong action. YAP gives kids a second chance and helps build character. I love it!”

Centre County Community Super Fair Committee

Agency: Centre County Council for Human Services

Length of service: 1 year

Roles: The Centre County Super Fair Committee is a group of community volunteers who saw the need for a venue for all Centre County residents to learn about and engage with organizations working for the health and welfare of Centre County. To ensure that cost would not affect the ability of organizations to participate, the committee sought out donations and grants to pay for the event. The Super Fair gave Centre County organizations a means to promote their organization’s mission and to engage with potential volunteers and supporters. Over 500 adults and children attended the fair.

Racquel Cinco

Agency: Child Development and Family Council of Centre County

Length of service: 8 months

Roles: volunteer for one of our school-age before- and after-school programs; assisted the head teacher at the site with planning and presenting activities to the children in the program; played board games, cards, read books, created art, and participated in cooking activities with the children; built strong relationships with the children we serve.

Why do you volunteer? “I volunteered for CDFC to gain additional experience hours to work in child care. It warmed my heart that they grew to like and trust me as a person. Children help you forget a bad day or bad mood and remind you to have fun, laugh and just be silly.”

Judy Clogg

Agency: CentrePeace Inc.

Length of service: 4 1/2 years

Roles: clean, sort, package, price, display and organize donated merchandise; takes “ownership” of a specific area of the store and routinely receives compliments on how clean and organized it is

Why do you volunteer? “The people. It is fun and interesting to go through the household items that are donated to CentrePeace, but it is the people, the employees, the trainees, the shoppers and other volunteers that inspire me to keep going back.”

Julie Cody

Agency: Interfaith Human Services Inc.

Length of service: 3 1/2 years

Roles: provides 10 or more weekly case management support hours as part of the financial care programs team

Why do you volunteer? “I volunteer at Interfaith because I believe in their missions, enjoy working with the staff, and feel privileged that I can use my experience and education to give back to my community.”

Bonnie Dyke

Agency: American Red Cross

Length of service: 8 years

Roles: disaster responder; as a nurse, provides direct medical support to clients; also part of the disaster workforce team, providing guidance, staffing and training support to team members

Why do you volunteer? “I feel it is important to ‘be there’ for our neighbors in time of disaster-related emergencies. I am able to be a first step in their recovery process. As a registered nurse, I can provide the additional assistance of replacing their life-sustaining medicines or give medical aid to those in a shelter. My current focus is to get the next generation involved and trained to continue the good work that we do. I am proud to be part of a team that gets out of bed in the middle of the night to assist our neighbors in need. I’m proud to be part of the American Red Cross.”

Marie Fishburn

Agency: FaithCentre

Length of service: 6 years

Roles: designing displays, working at the cash register, sorting donations, greeting customers

Why do you volunteer? “I started volunteering at the FaithCentre for fun but the FaithCentre is much more! I feel good serving the community. Many people receive free food, clothing and other necessities. I’ve seen the staff pray for strangers and know that God is working here too. I’m blessed every time I volunteer.”

Curtis Frantz

Agency: OLLI at Penn State

Length of service: 15 years

Roles: social committee chairman, board member, Singles Supper group facilitator

Why do you volunteer? “I volunteer for OLLI because I enjoy what OLLI has to offer, believe it is a great organization and want to give back.”

Dee Frisque

Agency: Centre County Office of Aging’s long-term ombudsman program

Length of service: 10 years

Roles: visits with long-term care residents and encourages self-resolution of problems; educates and distributes materials about the ombudsman program to residents, staff and family members; listens, empathizes and inspires residents find their voice.

Why do you volunteer? “At the ombudsman volunteers recruitment meeting, I was reluctant to sign up. The woman sitting next to me was eager to sign up and convinced me to do it. Something amazing happened on my very first facility visit — every resident asked me to come back. So, I just kept coming back.”

Ben Haagen

Agency: Penn State Extension Centre County

Length of service: 40 years

Roles: leader of the Walker Township Community 4-H Club and the Centre County Cluckers and Quackers 4-H Poultry Club; represented 4-H and the Grange Fair board on the Centre County Junior Livestock Committee; Centre County Grange Fair president and assistant livestock chairman and livestock superintendent for rabbits, poultry and goats at the fair; board member

Why do you volunteer? “As a youth, I was guided and encouraged by my parents, grandparents, teachers and 4-H leaders to always do my best. I love the 4-H motto: ‘To make the best better.’ Now, my desire is to give back to the youth (our future) through 4-H and its programs.”

Jayson Harter

Agency: Centre HomeCare

Length of service: 7 years

Roles: delivers durable medical equipment to the Lions Club, helps with maintenance in the office, helps with blood pressure clinics at the Grange Fair, helps with flu clinics

Why do you volunteer? “I love giving back to the community. It’s a very rewarding experience.”

Carol Hine

Agency: Home Base/Aging in Place Centre County

Length of service: 6 years

Roles: dedicated board member, vice president, office manager, volunteer trainer, telephone contact person, spokeswoman for agency at public events

Why do you volunteer? “I’m a big believer in our motto: ‘Neighbors helping neighbors stay active, independent and connected.’ I feel our region is the ideal area to support our aging population remain in their homes as long as possible. Historically multigenerational neighborhoods provide synergy for all ages with the older generation adding zip to the scene.”

Joanne Juhl

Agency: Schlow Centre Region Library

Length of service: 5 years

Roles: catalogs new magazines, unpacks boxes of new materials and processes them for circulation; contributes to many specialized projects for the technical services department and fills in during staff shortages; checks in returned materials and sorts them for reshelving; is a member of the library development committee, where she assists with fundraising efforts

Why do you volunteer? “I’ve always loved libraries — there’s always so much to discover and experience through books. When I was a child, I read everything at my local branch so my father had to drive me to another one. I really appreciate libraries and I feel appreciated by the people at Schlow.”

Linda Lochbaum

Agency: Cancer Survivors Association

Length of service: 6 years

Roles: president and facilitator for the cancer survivors support group and helps in delivering Totes of Hope

Why do you volunteer? “I volunteer for the Cancer Survivor’s Association so I can bring some comfort, share knowledge and provide hope to people with cancer.”

Lu Magnusson

Agency: The Village at Penn State

Length of service: 10 years

Roles: member of clothesline, convenience store, estate sales and library committees; assists at The Oaks retirement facility gift shop, ALSM Centre County Auxiliary, Grace Lutheran Church monthly food bank collection, weekly super Wednesday suppers

Why do you volunteer? “I enjoy interacting with others and helping where there is a need.”

Ellen Malcom

Agency: Park Forest Preschool

Length of service: more than 30 years

Roles: provides transportation for the children to and from school; stays at the school and help prepare meals for the children during program hours

Why do you volunteer? “I feel preschool is very important for young children and Park Forest Preschool provides a quality education needed for all children. PFP serves low-income families in our area. Caring teachers make positive changes in the children preparing them for public school and I feel fortunate to be part of this school.”

Calvin Miller

Agency: Skills of Central PA Inc.

Length of service: 2 years

Roles: member of the advisory board at the Skills Opportunity Centre Clubhouse and Skills central psychiatric rehabilitation program; meets with program participants needing spiritual support regardless of religion

Why do you volunteer? “As a young boy I saw the immense joy my mother received from volunteering; I am privileged to receive the same joy. I am blessed and humbled to have the members and staff of the Opportunity Centre Clubhouse in my life. I get exponentially more than I give.”

Rich Miller

Agency: Centre Crest

Length of service: 8 years

Roles: transport volunteer

Why do you volunteer? “I volunteer at Centre Crest because I love what these residents share with me: their knowledge, experiences, love and sense of family. These residents are my family — it’s a perfect fit for me.”

Potato Peelers Quartet (Mona Adams,

Charles Antle, Mary Deutsch and Jenny Antle)

Agency: State College Area Meals on Wheels

Length of service: Mona and Charles, 10 years; Mary, 4 years; Jenny, 2 years

Roles: peel potatoes

Why do you volunteer? “We delight in listening to the volunteers chatter with each other while preparing meals. It’s a pleasure to be part of the group,” said Charles and Mona. “It just feels right to be helping out,” said Mary. Jenny, a Penn State student, and granddaughter of Charles, jokingly said that she comes Charles and Mona said they have been volunteering at State College Meals on Wheels because they believe in the program and want to support it.“for the cookies.”

Susan Prebish

Agency: Housing Transitions

Length of service: 4 years

Roles: answers phones; qualifying callers to distribute calls; typing, filing and other office assistance

Why do you volunteer? “It’s because this organization does so many fantastic things for people and families in Centre County. They offer very important services for local people.”

Laura Reidy

Agency: Global Connections

Length of service: 20 years

Roles: assists with various programs; served six years on the board, including two years as vice president and two years as president

Why do you volunteer? “Global Connections provides an essential link between international newcomers and the Centre County community by building lasting relationships that encourage the sharing of cultures, open dialogue, and an appreciation of diversity. I enjoy participating in GC, witnessing firsthand positive differences made in the lives of international friends and our community.”

Kara Rohan

Agency: Foxdale Village Retirement Community

Length of service: 18 months

Roles: prepares materials for resident recreation programs (sorting, copying, enlarging, assembling craft supplies, wrapping Christmas gifts); assists multiple departments through making copies, assembling packets and program brochures; prepares large mailings

Why do you volunteer? “I love working at Foxdale. Everyone is so nice and friendly. They always say thank you for my work. I feel proud knowing that I am helping the residents.”

Ashley Sausman

Agency: Community Help Centre

Length of service: 4 years

Roles: hotline counselor, answering calls pertaining to short-term counseling, emotional support, crisis intervention, financial assistance, and information and referral.

Why do you volunteer? “I was motivated to volunteer at the Community Help Centre because I wanted to volunteer with an organization that would allow me to give back to my community in a way that actively helps others.”

Karen Sheeler

Agency: Centre Volunteers in Medicine

Length of service: 7 years

Roles: volunteer registered nurse

Why do you volunteer? “Helping people and making a difference in their lives are reasons I became an RN. Being able to volunteer and continue caring for patients at CVIM has been fulfilling, and I am happy I can support and further the mission of this critical Centre County nonprofit organization.”

Dianne Showers

Agency: Career Pathways Program

Length of service: 3 years

Roles: classroom aide working with adult learners on their math skills

Why do you volunteer? “My passion as an educator has been geared toward helping children reach their potential. I view volunteering for the Career Pathways Program as an opportunity to continue my work in education as part of a dedicated team that makes a difference in the lives of many adult learners.”

Rhonda Smith

Agency: Centre County Youth Service Bureau

Length of service: 2 years

Roles: Big Sister

Why do you volunteer? “I became a Big Sister when my daughter left for college. Realizing I had some free time, I decided to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters. I’m so happy to be a part of my Little’s life and broaden her horizons. Our yearly traditions are my favorite part!”

Bonnie Tkach

Agency: The Food Bank of the State College Area

Length of service: 3 years

Roles: sorting and organizing food donations at off-site storage facility; assisting the staff with assembling shelving units, moving product, and supervising product placement on the grocery and storage shelves; supervising the receiving, sorting and stocking volunteers; overseeing two very large food drives — Stamp Out Hunger in the spring and Scouting for Food in the fall

Why do you volunteer? “I like the type of work and the experiences the food bank has provided. It is an eye-opening experience to see the need in this area but also the generosity of the community.”

Jodi Vender

Agency: Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania

Length of service: 5 years

Roles: community leader, troop leader and governance participant

Why do you volunteer? “I became a Girl Scout troop co-leader so my daughter could have a more fulfilling experience than I did in my single year as a Brownie nearly 40 years ago. I believe strongly in the Girl Scout mission to ‘build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.’ Serving as a GSHPA community leader has allowed me to engage with many dedicated volunteers as we mentor the girls in our local troops.”


Agency: Mount Nittany Medical Center

Showing patients they care and inspiring them with hope — that is what our 750 volunteers do, 365 days a year. This year, we are celebrating the support and inspiration that all of our volunteers give to patients, their families and friends, and hospital employees. Whether lifting a person’s spirits in a casual and meaningful conversation, or transporting patients in wheelchairs as they get to go home, or extending a helping hand and warm smile, our volunteers are making a big difference in people’s lives.

Our mission is to make people healthier, and having a positive outlook, hope, and something to look forward to goes a long way toward making people healthier.

A sincere thank you to our wonderful volunteers for their positive outlooks, selflessness, generosity and value they provide every day of the year.

Donna Trapp

Agency: AAUW

Length of service: 13 years

Roles: chairwoman of the AAUW Used Book Sale

Why do you volunteer? “Soon after I moved to State College I went to the AAUW Used Book Sale. It was so impressive that I wanted to be part of it. Coincidentally, my new boss happened to be an active AAUW member and she took me along to sort books. I was hooked!”

Evelyn Wald

Agency: Tides Inc.

Length of service: 11 years

Roles: founding member; attends all Tides nights and comes prepared with activities to keep the kids busy and engaged

Why do you volunteer? “I have had the honor and privilege of serving as a volunteer with Tides since it began in 2003. The children keep me coming back. Children are often the ‘forgotten grievers’ but they do grieve. They have allowed me to be a companion on their journeys and I am grateful.”

Vickey Warshaw

Agency: Centre County Child Access Center

Length of service: 6 1/2 years

Roles: welcomes parents and children to the Child Access Center,; spends most of her time providing them with a safe and supportive place to transition between their parents

Why do you volunteer? “Volunteering gives me purpose and comfort knowing the exchanges of the children are made in a safe place. It motivates me to demonstrate a commitment to a cause to prevent harm to others. I share the common thread at the CCCAC — a joy to serve others.”

Mark and Mary Wilson

Agency: State College Community Land Trust

Length of service: 15 years

Roles: represent homeowners at land trust’s startup; past SCCLT treasurer; past member on SCCLT homeowners committee; event organizer of the Upscale Garage Sale; Land Trust Tour House designers during the 2014 HomeStage event

Why do you volunteer? “As homeownership for working, low- and medium-income households in the State College borough was becoming more and more difficult to achieve, we knew that the committed individuals launching a creative land trust concept needed all the assistance possible in order to both bridge the homeownership gap and restore neighborhoods. Everyone wins.”