AUSTIN, TX (News Release)– The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) will recognize volunteers from across Texas who have donated their time, talent and skills to aging Texans and Texans with disabilities at the annual DADS Vision Awards Ceremony at the John H. Winters Human Services Complex, 701 W. 51st St., Austin, Texas at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 28.
Awards were presented to nine outstanding individuals and volunteer groups for exemplary volunteer service in three categories: wellness, dignity and choice.
Among the recipients was Randy George, Lufkin State Supported Living Center. For almost 20 years, Randy George has served as a volunteer for the Lufkin State Supported Living Center and the Volunteer Services Council.
Since its beginning in the early 1960s, Randy's family has worked to support the center and has contributed through the creation and organization of many fundraising events. Perhaps the most notable is the Sunshine Open Golf Tournament. Randy has been committed to the tournament's success and growth for more than 15 years. The proceeds from the golf tournament directly impact center programs and services and have opened doors, creating new opportunities for the residents.
The community partnerships Randy builds, such as the Lion's Club and annual Rodeo fundraising event, keep Lufkin State Supported Living Center in the forefront of the community. Randy is also involved in several grant writing projects, such as the "Home Sweet Home" interior design improvements grant and the "Ride in Style" grant for new wheelchair van fleet updates.
These projects continue to create new opportunities and support quality of life initiatives for residents.
All volunteers (individual or group) actively participating in DADS volunteer programs for a minimum of one year of continuous service are eligible. Active participation is defined as documented volunteer services or activities that take place on a regular basis in accordance with the program's parameters.
State employees who volunteer with a DADS program are eligible to receive DADS Vision Awards if the nomination relates exclusively to volunteer work outside the scope of their position as a state employee.
The DADS Vision Awards provide annual recognition at the state level for exemplary volunteers in three areas that support our vision of wellness, dignity and choice. Two individual awards and one group award presented in each of the three categories.
An annual recognition award honoring a volunteer or a volunteer group demonstrating exceptional community service through their understanding of healthy living issues specific to their community.
An annual recognition award honoring a volunteer or a volunteer group promoting awareness and respect through innovation, serving as an educator and advocate for positive change, and continually demonstrating a respectful, collaborative style in serving individuals.
An annual recognition award honoring a volunteer or a volunteer group providing exemplary community service and leadership that promotes advocacy of individuals' choice and self determination.
The 2009-2010 award winners are:
Wellness: Good Shepherd Medical Center (Longview Texercise Program), Jill Beam (Dallas Texercise Program) and Dicque Oliver (Sulphur Springs DADS Silver Lining Program)
Dignity: Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity's Push America Volunteers (Lubbock State Supported Living Center), Randy George (Lufkin State Supported Living Center) and Martha Schneider (Brenham State Supported Living Center)
Choice: Texas Nursery and Landscape Association (Denton State Supported Living Center), Hayward Benson (Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center) and B.J. Donegan (Richmond State Supported Living Center)
The DADS Vision Awards were established to honor outstanding volunteers who have contributed to the department's mission, which is to support older Texans and persons with disabilities through services that promote and enhance individual wellness, dignity and choice.
Volunteers take part in a variety of rewarding opportunities that benefit people who live in state supported living centers, nursing facilities and assisted living facilities throughout Texas.
Two of DADS business partners who represent the public, private, nonprofit and faith-based sectors will also be recognized for their innovative statewide contributions to the department.