April 24, 2013
People volunteering their time and talent to help the local elderly were recognized.
The Jefferson Area Board for Aging, or JABA, honored 74 local volunteers with Presidential Service Awards during National Volunteer Week in Albemarle County.
Four volunteers received Lifetime Achievement awards for giving more than four thousand volunteer hours.
"It was so exciting and so nice to be honored for that. It was really just a privilege. It's been great volunteering for JABA. They're wonderful to do this for us tonight," said Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Leslie Reed. Reed volunteered for thirteen years at the upscale thrift store Twice is Nice, serving as a board member and volunteer coordinator. Reed also volunteers at Mountainside Senior Living in Crozet playing blackjack games with residents every other week.
"That is so much fun and they're just a treat," said Reed, smiling. "They have a great sense of humor."
Reed said she and her husband have been volunteering there together for about 10 years and that those visits make her greatest volunteer moments.
"It's really touching to see how much the whole experience means to them, not just playing the game, they have a great time at that, but, you know, a little extra for them is a lot."
"Volunteering in general has been really just a privilege, so much fun," said Reed.
Clarence Mickens also received a Lifetime Achievement award for 20 years of volunteer work in Scottsville. Mickens volunteers weekly at the Scottsville Community Center and the Scottsville Community Clothes Closet. JABA workers said he has volunteered more than any other volunteer, accumulating about 76,000 hours.
"I love all my good work. I'm proud of my good work. I'm gonna keep on doing it all the time," said Mickens.
Volunteers came from Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson and ranged in age from 14 to 93.
The President's Volunteer Service Award program encourages United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States live a life of service.