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Woodbridge Honors Volunteers

Annual event showcases the kindness of Woodbridge residents

Woodbridge Honors Volunteers

It’s that time of the year again: Woodbridge honors those who have given their time. This year 139 volunteers will be honored at the 24th Annual Volunteer Tea sponsored by Woodbridge Human Services.

Volunteers will receive Certificates of Appreciation in recognition of exemplary volunteer services benefiting Woodbridge.  The recipient of the First Selectman’s Youth Award, Nicholas Santoro will also be honored at the tea on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the Center Building. 

“The attitude of compassion and commitment of all the volunteers brings so much to our team. The staff appreciates and is grateful for the hard work and dedication given so generously by the volunteers,” says Mary Ellen LaRocca, Director of Human Services.

Among those who will be recognized includes Nina Iovino, as an outstanding volunteer for her commitment to the well-being of kids in Woodbridge’s community. For two years, Woodbridge resident and parent Nina Iovino has been a tremendous part of the Youth Evening Program. She has thoroughly embraced the idea behind it bringing the kids from the Woodbridge community together to interact face-to-face rather than through social media to socialize in a supervised, entertaining environment.

Iovino often carpools bringing several children to the event, not just her own. Each time Youth Services sends a request to parents for volunteer assistance, she is the first to reply and Nina has volunteered 12 times!    Iovino’s contribution of time and energy is a reflection of her community-based spirit.

Those honored incude:  

Arti Dixson, Boy Scout Troop 963, Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department Juniors, the Woodbridge Fire Department and Northford Timber Framers will receive Human Services Special Recognition Awards.

Arti Dixson is being honored for his spirit of caring and giving.  Arti Dixson responded to a newspaper article seeking donations for the Woodbridge Food Closet which was depleted.  He sponsored a “Help our People Event” at the Woodwinds in Branford to raise food for 8 organizations to provide food for people in need.  Last year, he added the Woodbridge Food Closet as a recipient of food.  Due to his effort and generosity, the Woodbridge Food Closet was replenished for a second year in a row.  Arti Dixson is a talented musician who has played with several big bands and believes in giving back to help those less fortunate.

Boy Scout Troop 963 is being honored for their dedication and their effort to assist us with Civil Preparedness.  Last spring, they developed a floor plan to set up the town’s cots in the emergency shelter, should it be needed by setting 100 cots in the Center Building. They submitted a written plan to Woodbridge Human Services to utilize in an emergency situation.   Last August, in preparation for Hurricane Irene, the boy scouts helped set up the emergency shelter.

The boys earned an Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge for this project.  Boy Scout Troop 963 is also being honored for their annual food drive which provides food for families and seniors for the December holidays and ongoing assistance through the Woodbridge Food Closet. 

The Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department Juniors are being honored for their assistance and support in organizing the Emergency Shelter in preparation of Hurricane Irene and Snowstorm Alfred.  They set up cots, pillows and blankets, and delivered water and orange juice to the shelter.  In addition, Junior Patrick Francis and Jessie Kriz assisted in organizing supplies and food for the Emergency Shelter in preparation of opening.  Due to their dedication and effort, the Emergency Shelter was well organized upon opening. 

The Woodbridge Fire Department is receiving a Special Recognition Award for their exemplary service and support provided to the Emergency Shelter during Hurricane Irene and Snowstorm Alfred.  They provided supervision of the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department Juniors, water, orange juice and continuous support throughout the opening of the shelter.  They truly worked as a team with the Human Services Staff and Police to ensure that the Woodbridge residents were comfortable and safe at the Emergency Shelter.

Northford Timber Framers is being honored with Special Recognition Award for a very generous donation to a Woodbridge family in need.  The numerous skilled volunteers of Northford Timber Framers raised a barn in Bethany last August 2011.  Thirty students attend an annual Timber Framers class and donations are made by volunteers, relatives and neighbors of volunteers.        

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