On November 14, several volunteers were honored at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Event for going above and beyond the call of duty in their roles at LPCS. We have thousands of dedicated volunteers each year, but these have earned special recognition. Over the next several weeks we will profile these special volunteers on this blog as a way of publicly showing our appreciation for all that they have given, and continue to give, to LPCS and our Guests!
The Vision Award is given to a volunteer who has demonstrated a deep commitment to furthering the vision of LPCS through behind the scenes work, and this year the award goes to Andrew Hogue.
Andrew has been volunteering with LPCS for almost 3 years, and in that time has developed a very strong relationship with LPCS. He serves on the Associate Board and the Taste of Fall committee. He is an overnight volunteer and serves meals at LPCS regularly. What makes Andrew the clear recipient of this award is not only his commitment to the organization through these various volunteer opportunities, but his connection to our programs and Guests on a deeper level.
Guests frequently note their excitement when they see on the dry erase board that it will be Andrew staying over. Our Guests know that they will not only have their basic needs met and that their safety is ensured, but they will also be able to stay up later than normal and watch a football game. They feel a comfort going to Andrew for advice about a job search and value his opinions. He genuinely listens, and offers real-world advice.
My fondest memories with Andrew have been his time with the Taste of Fall committee. He joined this already tight group for the 2012 event, the same year that I was also first joining the team. Everyone knew that Andrew would fit right in, when during our first meeting of the year he came up with what would become a very fruitful aspect of the event, the Ultimate Tasting Raffle. Andrew is always willing to run out hours before the event help with whatever is needed with the final preparations. No matter how big or small, I know that I can count on Andrew to take on any task and get it done.
This past year LPCS developed an Associate Board, and Andrew was on the top of the list of people that we wanted to join the group. The Associate Board largely is responsible for finding methods of implementing the strategic plan and goals that the Board develops. Andrew has been a great asset because of his ability to look strategically at a problem, and find the most fiscal and effective solution.
I am incredibly honored to be giving Andrew this award today. I genuinely think of this as awarding him not only for the amazing work he has done with LPCS and the clear passion he has for this organization so far, but also as a representation of the brilliant work he will bring to LPCS over the course of the next few years. I cannot wait to see what he comes up with next.
Thank you, Andrew!
-- Meghan Freebeck, Community Relations Manager