During the recent YMCA of the Capital Area’s Annual Meeting Celebration, volunteers were honored for their service to the YMCA and the community.
From the Paula G. Manship YMCA, David Vincent won the Edward D. Grant Volunteerism Award and Machaela Golden was presented the Star Volunteer Award.
Vincent has been a volunteer of the Paula G. Manship YMCA for more than 15 years and is always willing to help with anything, from the smallest to largest of roles, according to a news release from the YMCA. He has served as chairman of the board of directors, Gingerbread Jog, campaign and program committee.
As a karate instructor, he has a commitment to discovering the talents of children and seeing that they reach their full potential, the release stated.
Vincent has raised $3,000 for the Annual Support Campaign.
“He goes above and beyond by being at the Y every day, not only to work out but to lead by example and better the Y and the community,” the release stated.
Golden, Star Volunteer Award winner, has been a Manship YMCA volunteer for more than eight years and has given more than 75 hours of her time. Golden has volunteered as a board member for three years and served as annual campaign chairwoman for two years.
She works with teens at the Christian Leadership Conference.
“She and her husband, Gary, spend countless hours working with teens, providing inspiration to others and being leaders to the Y staff,” the release stated.
From the Southside YMCA, John Godbee won the Edward D. Grant Volunteerism Award and Harvey Schwartzberg was presented the Star Volunteer Award.
Over the past six years, Godbee has given more than 400 hours of service to the YMCA.
“He has always been willing to give his time, whether it is taking the lead role or working behind the scenes,” according to the news release. Godbee serves as a board member and head of the financial committee at the Southside YMCA and has helped raise $75,000 for the Annual Support Campaign.
“John understands the needs of the community, which is why he is the head of the Chairman’s Round Table Campaign for the Southside YMCA,” the release stated.
Godbee and his wife have been members at the YMCA since 2001.
Schwartzberg has given more than 500 hours of his time and has played a major role in the success of the Southside YMCA Gala for the last three years, the release said. He has played a part in the YMCA cast for more than 10 years, has served as board chair and is a board member.
“Harvey is as committed to volunteering as he is working out, which he does on a daily basis,” the release stated. “His willingness to advocate for the Y and his dedication to the community is an inspiration to everyone at the Southside YMCA.”
In 2013, 960 volunteers helped the YMCA, donating 20,993 hours of service.