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Volunteers of Food & Friends Receive the Presidential Volunteer Service Award

On July 30, 2015, three volunteers from the Rogue Valley Council of Governments’ (RVCOG) Volunteer Program received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their extended volunteer work through the Food & Friends Program at the Ashland Senior Center. The award ceremony took place at the Ashland Senior Center and awards were presented by Evelyn Kinsella, the Food & Friends Nutrition Program Manager, and Chris Dodson, the Ashland Senior Program Manager.
The award recipients were Laura Lippert, Robert Cox and Mildred Schwendener. Laura Lippert volunteered 1,141 hours, Robert Cox dedicated 1,159 hours and Mildred Schwendener volunteered a staggering 3,533 hours! The President’s Volunteer Service Award is by the Corporation for National and Community Service in recognition and appreciation for their commitment to strengthen the nation and communities through volunteer service. Each recipient received a Presidential certificate from the White House, a letter from President Barak Obama and a Presidential insignia pin.  
Through RVCOG, Food & Friends offers Meals on Wheels and an onsite senior lunch program. The Ashland Senior Center is one of 12 congregate senior dining sites in the Rogue Valley. The center serves lunch, by donation, for those aged 60 and older, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. In 2014, the center served 7,097 lunches onsite, not only providing nutrition, but a place to connect with others. Chris Dodson stated, “The Food & Friends Program is almost entirely run by volunteers and would not be possible without their continued commitment and hard work.” She also pointed out that Robert Cox, a retired physician, has been an APRC volunteer for the past 15 years teaching computer skills!
During the ceremony, Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission (APRC) Director, Michael A. Black, acknowledged the volunteers and thanked them for their commitment and emphasized his appreciation for volunteers. The Ashland Senior Center, a division of APRC, is located in Hunter Park, 1699 Homes Ave, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information please call the Ashland Senior Program at 541.488.5342 or visit

Visit the APRC home page or call 541.488.5340 for more information about Parks and Rec programs.
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