The Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Service honors outstanding volunteers who are making valuable contributions to the community through volunteer service in a wide variety of categories such as health, recreation, arts, environment, education, public safety, civic service, or human service. Recipients of this award must either be a resident of Kettering, or the volunteer service must be performed in Kettering. The volunteer activity can be in a structured setting or on an informal basis.
At the April City Council meeting, these three very deserving volunteers were presented The Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Service during our National Volunteer Appreciation Week.
Meet our 2016 Mayor’s Award Winners
Andrew Waker is a senior at Alter High School. He is a member of the marching band, and he is Key Club President. His service to our community has spanned all generations and abilities. He is a member of St. Charles Church and a member of the Kettering Youth Leadership Academy. His volunteer work includes: feeding the homeless, assisting with Christmas tree sales and the Avenue of Flags for the Dor-Wood Optimist club, assisting with Bingo for the elderly, and helping children and adults with Down Syndrome. In addition, he helps with numerous community fundraisers to support organizations such as St. Vincent De Paul and March of Dimes. Andrew’s dedication to his school, peers, and especially his community makes him an outstanding recipient of the Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Service. Congratulations, Andrew!
Bill and Marynel Bradley have been volunteers with the City of Kettering since August of 1998. They began volunteering after attending the Citizens’ Police Academy. Through the years their service has included: the speed watch program, coordinating neighborhood watch, compost cops, the city’s 50th anniversary festivities, Holiday at Home, assisting in the tax office, and Kettering Noon Optimists. The Bradleys served as the 2006 Grand Marshals of the Holiday at Home Parade. In 2002, the Bradleys took on the role of co-chairs of the annual Christmas Day Open House at Polen Farm. For the past 13 years, these dedicated volunteers have been responsible for the coordination and implementation of this event, increasing the attendees from 100 to nearly 600! Through their efforts, they have touched the lives of countless people in our community. Their “can-do” attitude and tireless dedication truly exemplify the qualities worthy of the Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Service. Congratulations, Marynel and Bill!
Recommendations for the Mayor’s Award for Youth (or Adult) Volunteer Service are always accepted. Nominate someone by using the forms below.