Susan Hatton- Volunteer Jefferson Memorial Forest
Susan and her husband, John, joined the JMF volunteer family in January 2010 as Volunteer Naturalists. Preferring to let others have the limelight, Susan likes to serve as a helper with children’s programs, assist staff and “sweep” on woodland hikes (the sweep stays in the back of a hiking group to assure participants are all together and provides interpretation for those unable to hear the guide in front of the group).
||This past year, Susan found another calling when she offered to assist in the volunteer office with a special project. That project became another, and another, and before we knew it, Susan was assisting in the office on a weekly basis! In 2012, Susan dedicated over 135 hours to assuring the volunteer office runs smoothly. Lending her PC skills to logging volunteer hours and running reports, she also prepares documents, letters and cards for mailing, assembles welcome packets for new volunteers, maintains the files and follows up on renewal and certification needs. She does a fabulous job of making the Volunteer Coordinator look good, and our VC cannot thank her enough! |
In her two years with us, Susan has logged nearly 400 hours in volunteer service to the Forest. Thank you, Susan, for your continued hard work and dedication.
Philip Hettich – Metro Corrections Volunteer
For 15 years Deacon Philip Hettich has devoted his time to serving the Lord by providing religious services to inmates in Metro Corrections. Twice a week for three hours a day, Hettich visits general population and protective custody inmates on five floors of the jail. The services usually begin with a song like “Peace is Flowing Like a River,” then move on to giving homily, communion and reading the gospel. He encourages open discussions and open readings where inmates can come to pray.
When asked what he hopes to accomplish with his services, Hettich responded “I hope they get half an hour of peace and serenity… a moment to reflect.”
Hettich is a deacon with St. Bernard Parish, which has been incredibly generous to the inmates. The parish has purchased and donated 686 bibles for those incarcerated in Metro Corrections. The Catholic Church considers a deacon retired when he turns 75 years old, but that’s not the case for 76-year-old Hettich. He wants to continue helping others, so he had to request permission from his priest to remain active. In fact, he hopes to keep working until he is 80! Luckily, Hettich receives assistant from Sister Margaret Hohman who has been volunteering for 12 years and Deacon Mike Layman who has been involved for approximately seven years.
In addition to giving his time to the inmates, Hettich also goes to hospitals and nursing homes, and gives the Saturday and Sunday service at Church. He is married to Mary Theresa whom he considers to be supportive of his active life. Together, they had four children.
“I just do what comes naturally after a while,” said Hettich. “A whole lot of people give a whole lot more than I do.”
Metro Parks USTA Tennis Program Volunteers
When the new tennis courts in California Park were dedicated last July it created new recreational opportunities for many 10 and under youth in the California Neighborhood. Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and $2,500 grant from the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation four flashy new youth and one adult courts were built in the park. This opportunity, not only came in the monetary form, but also in the form of service to the community. With the volunteer support of the USTA free tennis lessons were offered to area elementary and middle school age students. Dee Maynard along with volunteers Bruce Stone and Charles Crawford help to lead this program. These volunteers, which consist of former pro and tennis coaches, have been dedicated to having a meaningful, positive impact on youth’s lives.
The program so far has been a great success. Dee Maynard who has helped lead and organize tennis events as part of this program says the participants “ability to learn exceeded my ability to teach.” She added the program opens doors, provides a healthy physical activity, teaches life skills, and also provides incentives. Thanks to the “Read for a Racquet Program”, children who read five books and write a book report earn a racquet and balls.
Thanks in part to these volunteers efforts, California Community Center and Wheatley Elementary partnered up to put in place a tennis tournament for the 10 and under youth during this past winter break. 55 participants, 21 volunteers and over 60 spectators’ attended the first tournament this winter.
Mary Ann and Gary Jacobs: Metro Animal Services Volunteers
Mary Ann Jacobs started volunteering with us in September 2011 and since then has gotten her husband, Gary Jacobs, very involved! Mary Ann walks dogs and does pretty much anything that is needed every Wednesday afternoon! We are so grateful to have her as a weekly volunteer who does so much for our animals. Mary Ann and Gary love getting involved in all the parades and always enjoy getting dressed up together! They both like to give back to the community and are involved with many other organizations including Kentucky Humane Society's SNIP Clinic and The Kentucky Theater of the Arts. We appreciate everything the Jacobs do at our facilities! They are an amazing couple!