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Volunteers of the Year Award
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The City of Lafayette celebrated volunteers on Thursday evening May 30 in a televised presentation of our 2012 Volunteer of the Year awards. Over 600 people volunteer thousands of hours annually for the City resulting in invaluable contributions to the community. The Lafayette Volunteer Committee has been recognizing the City's outstanding volunteers at a Volunteer of the Year Celebration for the last ten years.

Watch a recorded version of the Awards ceremony on our Streaming Video webpage (available in early June)

2012 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Patricia Rice
  • 40 hours of volunteering during 2012 – 10 at Parks and 30 at the Homework Center
  • 1st year at Parks – 4 years at Homework Center
  • Rallied neighborhood to support adopting Simpson Mine Park
    • Organized groups of neighborhood members to clean the park
    • Weeded
    • Picked up trash
    • Swept pebbles and mulch back in to place
    • Avoided the use of herbicides in the park by hand weeding
  • Helped students at the Homework Center
    • With their homework
    • enhance their study skills
    • Collaborated with other tutors to enhance the learning environment in the Center

“Patricia Rice is an ideal Lafayette community member…a woman of dignity, strength and integrity. She is unselfish with her time and passionately imbues her values.”

Patricia was nominated by the Parks Open Space and Golf Department and the Lafayette Library Department
Patricia Rice

2012 TEEN VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Jasmine Trujillo

  • 28.50 hours during 2012 – 250 hours for the six years
  • 6 years as a Big Buddy in the Reading Buddies Program

“An ardent supporter of Reading Buddies and (the Lafayette Public Library’s) efforts to get kids excited about books, Jasmine exemplifies the type of volunteer that makes the City of Lafayette a great place for kids and families. She has touched the lives of (at least) several dozen children during her six years with Reading Buddies, and through her leadership, she has also made other Big Buddies stronger and more effective mentors.”

Jasmine was nominated by the Lafayette Library Department.
Jasmine Trujillo

2012 TEEN VOLUNTEER GROUP OF THE YEAR
Boy Scout Troop #69


  • Over 300 volunteer hours during 2012
  • 7 years of service
  • Stephen Hollis organized a project to protect the wildlife habitat at Bullhead Gulch
    • Constructed a 550 ft smooth-wire fence on the boundary of the open space property
  • Ambrose Ahlers organized a project to correct an encroachment at Greenlee Wildlife Preserve
    • Constructed a 400 ft fence of 5 strand smooth-wire
  • Michael Voecks created an historic interpretive trail brochure for a section of the Coal Creek Trail
    • Numbered wood posts were installed along the trail to identify the locations mentioned in the brochure

Boy Scout Troop #69 was nominated by the Parks, Open Space and Golf Department.
Boy Scout Troop 69

2012 VOLUNTEER GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lafayette Kids Ready to Read


  • 339 volunteer hours during 2012
  • 5 years of service
  • Volunteers go to local day care centers and preschools present a story time in order to promote early literacy in our community
    • Select books
    • Arranges schedules
    • Deliver materials for kids to checkout

Lafayette Kids Ready to Read was nominated by the Lafayette Library Department.
Kids Ready to Read

Other 2012 Nominees
  • Sam Beeler nominated by the Lafayette Police Department
  • Jocelyn Hunter nominated by the Community Development Department
  • Sherman Sipe nominated by the Lafayette Police Department
  • Rick Waneka nominated by the Lafayette Recreation Department
  • Lafayette Waste Reduction Advisory Committee nominated by Public Works Department
  • Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission & Public Arts Committee nominated by the Community Development Committee
  • Lafayette Senior Services Front Desk Volunteers were nominated by the Senior Services Department
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