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      United Way Of Martin County                        who devoted nearly 400 hours

      Honors Senior Volunteers                           of service at vaccine clinics
                                                         throughout the county. One
      During National Volunteer                          of their volunteers, United
                                                         Way of Martin County board
      Appreciation Week                                  member and retired nurse
                                                         Jane Cebelak, spoke at the
        While some senior                                volunteer appreciation event
      volunteers were sidelined                          about the many days, nights
      for much of the year,                              and weekends she dedicated
      many volunteers still came                         at volunteer clinics throughout
      through to assist nonprofits                       the county. “Giving my time to
      despite the obstacles.                             assist with vaccination clinics
      To celebrate and honor                             in my hometown is a great
      volunteers during National                         way to act locally and think
      Volunteer Appreciation                             globally as it is important to
      Week, United  Way of                               our nation’s overall efforts to
      Martin County held an                              recover from the pandemic,”
      appreciation event for                             Cebelak said.           AmeriCorps Senior volunteers from Florida Oceanographic Society attend United Way of
      AmeriCorps Seniors                                   AmeriCorps Seniors  Martin County’s volunteer appreciation event.
      volunteers at Indian  United Way of Martin County   engages older adults in
      Riverside Park. More than  President/CEO Carol Houwaart   volunteer service. It is a program of the Corporation for
      60 volunteers enjoyed  Diez welcomes and thanks    National and Community Service, the federal agency
      the beautiful weather,  volunteers for their service   for volunteering and is administered locally by United
      boxed lunches, music,  during an unprecedented year.   Way of Martin County. For more information, visit www.
      camaraderie, and a sweet                 
      ice cream treat.                                   About United Way Of Martin County
        “The pandemic has                                  United Way of Martin County’s mission is to lift the
      reinforced the importance                          community and change lives together through the collective
      of volunteers and how                              power of advancing the common good. Since 1972, the
      vital their services are                           United Way has been working to create long-term social
      to keeping nonprofits                              change and provide support to Martin County residents by
      functioning,” United Way                           investing in programs that strive to: enhance healthy living,
      of Martin County Director                          improve education, and support financial stability. For more
      of AmeriCorps Seniors                              information about United Way of Martin County visit www.  Volunteer Kenny Marks enjoys a friendly game of cornhole at
      Kathleen  Stacey  said.                                                United Way of Martin County’s volunteer appreciation event.
      “Now that more people
      are getting vaccinated
      we’re able to celebrate the                        Dedicated Treasure Coast
      volunteers that have hung                          Food Bank Volunteers Named
      in there with us as well as
      welcome back volunteers                            Hunger Heroes During
      who we haven’t seen in a
      while.”                                            Volunteer Appreciation Month
        Nonprofits’ volunteer  Gigi Suntum and Linda Jaskela
      needs have changed  attend United Way of Martin      Adam Bookspan became an invaluable volunteer with
      since the onset of the  County’s volunteer appreciation   Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Home Delivery Program,
      pandemic. Beyond the  event.                       dropping off food to the homes of people who were at high
      ongoing need for daily                             risk during the pandemic. Lori Bianco is a regular participant
      support to maintain the safety net of services, volunteers   at monthly Friends and Family Volunteer Days. And Deb
      were also called into action to assist the Florida Department   Neufeld frequently helps at mobile distributions, where she’s
      of Health in Martin County with the vaccine clinics.  inspired by the gratitude displayed by those in need of food.
        United Way of Martin County helped recruit and coordinate     They were among the many volunteers recognized by   Dolton McCoy, Maureen McCoy, Crewselo Scott, and
      placement for over 50 medical and nonmedical volunteers   Treasure Coast Food Bank as Hunger Heroes during Volunteer   Sylvester Smalls
                                                         Appreciation Month in April.
                                                           “Our volunteers are part of the heart of Treasure Coast     There are many volunteer opportunities available at
          Palm City Auto                                 Food Bank,” said Judith Cruz, president and CEO. “When   Treasure Coast Food Bank. To learn more or sign up, visit
                                                         the need for food doubled because of the pandemic, they
        Lube & Services                                  helped us staff the front lines through mobile distributions   About Treasure Coast Food Bank
                                                                                                             Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and
                                                         and reach those individuals who couldn’t leave their house
                                                         with home deliveries. There’s simply not enough thanks   largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast,
                                                         that we can give them.”                           providing the community each year with millions of meals
        The DiTerlizzi Family of Companies                 Prior to the pandemic, volunteers donated an average of   valued at more than $50 million through robust programs
                                                         about 46,000 hours of time
                                                                                                           and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in
                                                                                                           Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties.
                                                         per year, the equivalent of
              Celebrating Our 30th Year                  24 full-time positions. It’s                      In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast
                                                                                                           Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs
                                                         the gratitude they feel from
                                                         people in need that keeps                         that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help
                                                         them coming back.                                 individuals and families gain long-term food security, better
                      $10  off                             “There are many people                          health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food
                                                                                                           Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network
                                                         who need the food bank,”
           our “full Service oil Change”                 said Lori Bianco, who                             of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the
                      Enjoy by 6/30/21.                  began volunteering about 10                       United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food
                                                         years ago as part of a team                       Bank, call (772) 489-3034, log on to, visit our
         Complete Auto Repair                            from Fort Pierce Utilities                        Facebook page at, or follow us on
                                                         Authority, a major supporter
                                                                                                           Twitter at
         •  Brakes              •  Diagnostics           of Treasure Coast Food Bank.  Lori Bianco
         •  Tune-ups            •  Oil/Lube              “I know that if I was in need
                                                         of the food bank, it would
         •  Air                 •  Tires                 be available to me, and that
             Conditioning       •  Tire Repairs          makes me feel good.”
                                                           Deb Neufeld echoed her
          DiTerlizzi family                              comments.
                                                           “I realize that there are
         owned since 1990                                so many of our neighbors
                                                         who are hungry,” she said.
             772-223-LUBE (5823)                         “Mobile distributions bring
                                                         me the most joy because I
                                                         get to see my community,
               3584 SW Armellini Ave., Palm City
                Located in the “Pure” gas station        and they express gratitude
                                                         every time.”            Susan Caballero           Debbie Yeekee and Lisa Girrouard
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