Volunteers play such an important part in the GRACE family. They help with out with events, assist in many of our programs plus, much more. This year, Volunteer Appreciation week was a success. The week was full of fun activities, games, food and more. The GRACE staff surely does love our volunteers, and we want to show them how much we appreciate them.

The Volunteer appreciation luncheon was held at Good Shepherd Catholic Community, and was catered by Loveria Caffé. This year’s theme was the Academy Awards, and was hosted by GRACE’s Chief Executive Officer, Shonda Schaefer and Volunteer Manager, Ryan Jackson. Over 6,000 volunteers served with GRACE over the past year, and we continue to see new faces at each of our semi-monthly Volunteer Orientations.

The luncheon highlighted the many accomplishments and achievements from our volunteers. We handed out 19 awards to individuals and groups alike, who have shown true volunteerism over the past year here at GRACE.

Below are the winners of the 2022 Volunteer Appreciation Awards.

Food Pantry – Janie Stewart

Emergency Assistance – Idell Bowker

Donation Station – Lisa Farrell

GRACEful Buys Grapevine -Vera Lawson

GRACEful Buys Euless -Ester Hobbs

GRACEful-e- D’Ray Moore

Community Clinic- Shelia DePaola

Friends & Family- Hope Hubman

Board Member- Sean Shope

Transitional Housing- Kim Haggerty

Development- Roni Townson

Special Events- Ted Bilsky, Scratch Catering & Fine Foods

Seasonal Programs- Coco Roa

Community Gardens- Bob Dansby

Volunteer Group- NCL- Southlake

Volunteer of the Year- Rena Frost, Mac’s on Main

Youth Volunteer of the Year- Poojitha Diggika

Operations Volunteer- Chris Bradburry

Clothing Room- Louise Young

“The GRACE volunteer family is a strong family held together by the love of serving and giving back to the community,” said Ryan Jackson.

Thank you Good Shepherd for hosting this amazing event for GRACE. Thank you Loveria Caffé for catering the delicious food, and finally, a special thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers for always supporting GRACE. Your hard work and service means so much to us.

For more information on volunteering for GRACE, please contact Ryan at volunteer@GRACEGrapevine.org. HAPPY NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK!