Volunteers are vital to GRACE which is why we always look forward to National Volunteer Week and our annual Volunteer Appreciation event. The theme for this year was Virtual Volunteer Vacation, it was a great event and we were so proud to honor a number of standout volunteers. This year our top prize, Volunteer of the Year, was awarded the Wright Family for their unbelievable contributions to our organization and the area.

The event hosted by our CEO Shonda Schaefer, highlighted great moments, events, and individual achievements from our Volunteer Family. We handed out plaques to 18 different groups, families, and individuals that stood out from the 5,000 volunteers who give their time to our community each year. NBC 5’s Laura Harris was able to pop in for an inspirational message thanking everyone for their service. It was a fun event and one that we are so proud to host.

Here are the list of this year’s award winners:

Food Pantry – Richard Weiss

Emergency Assistance – Elizabeth Tessler

Donation Station – Kathy Aycock

GRACEful Buys Grapevine – Jaelynn Craddock

GRACEful Buys Euless – Jean Cassady

Style & GRACE – Marilia Araujo

Graceful-e – D’Ray Moore

Community Clinic – Richard Sanchez

Friends & Family – Mike Conroy

Board Member – Paul Bischler

Transitional Housing – Kelli Lawrence

Development – Phyllis Butts

Special Events – Victor and Christina De Vincenzo

Seasonal Programs – Christmas Cottage Committee

Community Garden – Edie Miller

Volunteer Group – North Texas Orthopedics & Spine Center

Youth Volunteer of the Year – Joshua Reed

Volunteer of the Year – The Wright Family

We could not do our work without the volunteer force that helps make up the GRACE Family we often refer to. The individuals, groups, and families that donate their time and expertise to our community are our heroes. If you’re interested in volunteering, visit this site and see where you fit in!