MASS recognizes volunteers at annual luncheon

Volunteer of the Year

Rayanne Sester, MASS executive director, recognizes Allen Bonnell, MASS 2017 Volunteer of the Year. Bonnell, who was honored at the MASS volunteer recognition party, Jan. 31, donated 224 hours of service to Mendota Area Senior Services (MASS). Bonnell is a MASS board member, serves as president, and is a volunteer driver. This is Bonnell’s fourth year in a row to receive this award. He and other volunteers who helped MASS during the past year were honored at the luncheon. (Reporter photo by Jennifer Sommer)

MENDOTA – Last year, 113 volunteers donated 1,589.25 hours of service to the Mendota Area Senior Services (MASS). If these volunteers had been paid at minimum wage, the cost to MASS would have totaled $15,097.88.

This year, Allen Bonnell was recognized as Volunteer of the Year at the recognition luncheon, Jan. 31. Bonnell donated 224 hours of service to the organization. He has logged many hours driving clients to medical appointments, helping with fundraisers, and anywhere else he is needed. He is also a board member and serves as president. “He has helped with most of our fundraisers over the past year, takes it upon himself to help keep our transportation building and volunteer vehicles clean, and if something needs to be done, he is always ready and willing to help whenever we ask,” stated Rayanne Sester, MASS executive director.

Other top volunteers were Bernice Spanier with 218.5 hours, Carol Kern with 73.5 hours, June Prentice with 38.5 hours and Nancy Smith with 39 hours.

Also recognized was Roberta Northcutt who has donated her time and talent baking and organizing bake sales throughout the years and giving the proceeds to MASS. Northcutt has finally decided that it is time for her to put away her pans and retire from the kitchen. “It’s dedication from people like this that makes us able to continue providing our services to the community,” said Sester.

Whether volunteers work many hours or can only give a few hours, their service is appreciated, commented Sester.

Sester also noted that MASS is always in need of volunteers to drive clients to appointments. Anyone wishing to volunteer should call the MASS office.