Volunteer Award Winners
|Hima Tummalapalli||Stephen Adcox||Jason Benavidez|
The City of Carrollton honored community volunteers for their hard work and dedication at the 13th Annual Citizens’ Evening event held Wednesday, March 4.
Twenty-four nominations were received in five different categories for the fifth Annual Carrollton Volunteer Awards: Neighborhood Leadership, Outstanding Community Organization, Volunteer of the Year, and Youth Volunteer of the Year facilitated by the City’s Neighborhood Partnership Office, as well as the Jimmy Porter Award facilitated by the Parks & Recreation Department. These awards are designed to recognize individuals, organizations, and leaders who have gone above and beyond to deliver exceptional community service to the City of Carrollton and its residents.
“The City of Carrollton is grateful for the many volunteers whose service enhances the lives of its residents and visitors,” Community Services Manager Brian Passwaters said. “The Neighborhood Advisory Commission and the Neighborhood Partnership Office were thrilled to recognize the volunteers who have contributed their time, efforts, and ideas in making our community such a great place to live, work, and play.”
Neighborhood Leadership Award Winner
Tre Williams has gone above and beyond in his work at Sandy Lake RV Resort to make the residents feel at home. He organizes and supports community efforts such as the Community Back to School Drive, Tornado Relief Drive, and Community Chili Cook-Off
Outstanding Community Organization Award Winner
I-CERV works to fight hunger. The organization has hosted numerous events around the Carrollton community and partnered with Feeding Children Everywhere to package more than 160,000 healthy meals. I-CERV also focuses on developing leadership and service skills in youth.
Volunteer of the Year Award Winner
Judy Holleman works with the social service organization Operation Kindness. She volunteered 920 hours in 2019, doing various tasks such as training, front desk duties, and working with fearful dogs. Holleman is very kind and motivated to find the animals at Operation Kindness their forever home.
Youth Volunteer of the Year Award Winners
Hima Tummalapalli volunteers at the Carrollton Public Library. She helps with a variety of different tasks at the Library, such as assisting with crafts, die-cutting, cleaning toys, marking books, stamping, and basically anything else the librarians need done. Tummalapalli is also a program volunteer for various events, big and small. No matter the task laid in front of her, she does it with enthusiasm and grace.
Stephen Adcox is a member of Boy Scout Troop 876. He completed his Eagle Scout Service Project by organizing and building an outdoor classroom pavilion at Rosemeade Elementary School. He achieved this by working with CFBISD administrators, coordinating multiple workdays, and raising funds for the project. He also puts out American flags for the Farmers Branch Rotary Club on holidays.
Jimmy Porter Award Winner
Jason Benavidez has volunteered for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Youth Soccer Association for eight years, coaching various teams. He is committed to teaching kids about the value of teamwork and instilling in them a love of the game. Benavidez has also volunteered as a coach for youth basketball and softball teams.
“Youth sports volunteers play a vital role in mentoring children in the community,” Parks Manager Kim Bybee said. “The values they instill through their selfless contributions of time and talent help kids become leaders for generations to come.”
For more information on how you can get involved with the City’s volunteer needs, visit cityofcarrollton.com/volunteer.