(April 28, 2017) The City of Frisco extended a major thank you on Thursday evening to hundreds of our community’s most valuable participants. In recognition of National Volunteer Month, the 10th annual Municipal Volunteer Program (MVP) Awards Reception honored the men, women and teens who donate their time to maintain our community’s commitment to service. See event photos here.
From assisting with special events, to serving the Frisco Public Library and supporting public safety, volunteers provide a critical service to our city’s operations.
In 2016, 926 registered volunteers served the city – collectively donating more than 25,000 service hours. Based on the independent sector hourly rate for service ($25.11 in 2016), those hours are valued at more than $634,000!
“When I share the numbers of the hours of volunteerism, whether it’s in the library or with our Parks and Recreation Department, the numbers are staggering,” said Mayor Maher Maso.
“Every one of you has a gift you are sharing with the community – and we are all better for it.”
The night’s highest honor, Volunteer of the Year, was presented to Mary Elizabeth Jones. In 2016, Jones volunteered more than 900 hours as a ‘helping hand’ at Frisco Fire Safety Town.
According to Leslie Girdner, Frisco Fire Safety Town’s Community Education Coordinator, Jones has been a consistent presence at Safety Town for the past ten years – answering the phone, greeting guests and taking care of visitors.
“Mary has given us countless hours,” said Girdner.
“Every other Saturday, she also volunteers at the Fire Station, helping with birthday parties. If the crew has a call and has to leave, Mary makes sure the party is covered. From everyone at the Fire Department, we’d like to thank Mary for her service.”
In the Teen Volunteer of the Year category, the city recognized a double dose of volunteering excellence from twin brothers Mahdir and Muhyiel Rahman. In 2016, each Rahman brother volunteered more than 100 service hours at the Frisco Public Library.
Also recognized were:
Silver Award: Mara Pitcher (300 Service Hours - Frisco Heritage Center)
Gold Award: Patricia Newcomer (480 Hours - Frisco Senior Center)
Platinum Award: Carol Thomas (538 Hours – Frisco Public Library)
Platinum Award: Rodney Blaukat (536 Hours – Frisco Police Volunteer Association)
Learn more about volunteer opportunities and becoming a City of Frisco MVP at FriscoTexas.gov/volunteer or email firstname.lastname@example.org.