There’s no shortage
of kind-hearted folks in Duneland.
Two of them were
honored on Wednesday by Duneland Chamber of Commerce at its annual State of
the Chamber and Awards Luncheon.
Sharing the 2014
Humanitarian of the Year Award were Jocelyn Hibshman, president of
Rebuilding Together Duneland; and Judy Alders, executive director of
NeighborLink Porter County.
presenter Tim Rice said this: “The organization she leads gives Duneland
residents the ability to live in warm, safe environments with independence
and dignity. She advocated for the program to not only help individuals but
also to reach out to service organizations by providing helping hands for
their projects. This may attributed to the fact that she has a hard time
saying No. She truly wants to help every person who asks for help.
She feels the need to be there for them, when no one else is.”
This year’s edition
of Rebuilding Together Duneland, its 18th, put 450 volunteers to work. To
date, Rice added, it has “infused into the Duneland community” more than $1
million in market-value labor and materials.
Rice said this of
Alders: her organization, NeighborLink, is an “outstanding program that
helps people who don’t have the necessary means to help themselves.” Alders
herself is “a tireless worker, a compassionate person, and an overall
wonderful human being.”
Look later this
year, Rice noted, for the opening of the RePurpose Place, a resale shop
which will provide furniture, building materials, and appliances in support
of NeighborLink’s mission.
Volunteer of the
The winner of the
2014 Volunteer of the Year Award--Janenne Stuber--isn’t “afraid to get her
hands dirty,” presenter Bob Capehart said. And the Chamber “is lucky to have
had her assistance for the past three years on our Volunteer Committee.”
“energetic and has a positive attitude no mater what we need her to do,” has
“become an integral part of our volunteers,” and had been extremely active
for the last nine years as well at the Chesterton First United Church, where
she serves on the Nurture and Care Committee and on the Missions Team.