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Two National Awards Received PDF Print E-mail

     In early 2016, a review team of 17 professionals in transportation, volunteerism, and aging was convened by the National Volunteer Transportation Center (NVTC) to select winners of the 2015 STAR Awards for volunteer transportation service delivery. The awards are intended to recognize outstanding volunteer transportation programs and enable winners to continue the involvement of  their volunteer drivers in promoting and providing transportation services.  Faith in Action Caregivers was selected as a winner of a 2015 STAR Award for Innovation presented by Toyota. The  award includes a cash prize of $2,500.  When the application was submitted the organization demonstrated its ability to recruit volunteers through congregations and used the success at Glen Dale United Methodist Church as the recruitment model.  Over a period of six weeks, Faith in Action had the opportunity to speak to an outreach committee at the church, at Sunday services and hold two volunteer training sessions at the church.  Faith in Action recruited and trained 42 volunteers during that time.  Two years later, 66% of these volunteers remain active. In addition,  another 18 volunteers now assist with the annual Triathlon / Duathlon and manage the 5 K run course for the race.  In 2015 eight additional volunteers were recruited and trained from Glen Dale United Methodist Church.

      This is the 15th year of the annual STAR Awards program. The awards were initiated by the Beverly Foundation in 2000, and in 2014 the NVTC (the successor of the Beverly Foundation) assumed the role of organizing the STAR Awards. To date more than 130 STAR Awards have been conveyed to senior and volunteer transportation programs across America.  Faith in Action Caregivers received a STAR Award in 2010 for Best Business Practices in Volunteer Transportation Services.

     The second national award received by Faith in Action Caregivers in recent months was an Honorable Mention in the National Volunteer Caregiving Network's Excellence Awards Program. This award recognizes outstanding volunteer caregiving organizations that incorporate the best practices while providing no-charge services to those with long-term helath needs.

     Faith in Action Caregivers is honored to accept these awards on behalf of our volunteers who make the real difference in the lives of our elderly and disabled neighbors in Ohio, Marshall and Belmont Counties.