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Volunteer Center names 'Daily Points of Light'

By Bayne Hughes· 340-2432

The Volunteer Center of Morgan County honored two women and a youth group as “Daily Points of Light” at a reception Monday at Hospice of the Valley.

The Daily Point of Light Award honors individuals and volunteer groups that have made a commitment to service and helping meet critical needs within their communities.

It focuses on the goals for children and youth set by the President’s Summit for American Future.

Each weekday, a volunteer or volunteer effort receives a Daily Point of Light Award.

There have been more than 3,000 winners.

Alabama has 50, with Morgan County accounting for more than half of the state’s total.

The reception honored:

Old Bank Summer Youth Team — Six young people between the ages of 13 and 17.

During the summer of 2004, the team members worked five hours a week at the Old State Bank building.

This past summer, the group’s primary project was assisting in the planning and implementation of “Past Times Summer History Camp” for ages 7-11.

Each session focused on a specific era in Decatur’s history.

Participants discovered the past through crafts, games, stories, music, dance and special guests.

Megan Courington represented the group at the reception.

Sara Barnes — A retiree from Decatur, she volunteers on Mondays as a tutor at Eastwood Elementary School.

Annually, she worked with an average of 15 to 20 students in the class.

Many of the students are shy and have behavior problems or learning disabilities, but Barnes worked with them patiently and showed each respect.

Donna Firpo — This Hartselle resident volunteers at the Committee on Church Cooperation, primarily in the Clothing Closet area.

She sorts, hangs and arranges clothing in the closet on Fridays.

When the clients come to pick up clothes on Wednesdays, she makes sure the racks are constantly replenished.

She also organized the closet to make it more customer friendly.

The closet serves more than 200 families a month and distributes in excess of 6,000 articles of clothing monthly.

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